Plans emerge for new housing estate on disused Heaton rail yard

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Heaton Down Yard was put up for sale by Network Rail last year.

Plans have emerged for a new housing estate on a disused railway yard in Heaton.

Keepmoat Homes has unveiled proposals that would see more than 140 houses built next to the railway lines approaching Chillingham Road Metro station.

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The developer and Network Rail are working up plans to transform the derelict rail sidings at Heaton Down Yard and shared their vision with locals at a consultation event last week.

If the project goes ahead, it could see a mix of two, three, and four-bedroom properties built on the former goods yard site next to Marleen Avenue.

A spokesperson for Keepmoat Homes confirmed: “Working in partnership with Network Rail, Keepmoat Homes are in the process of preparing plans for the redevelopment of the derelict rail sidings at Heaton. Around 143 new homes are proposed including 21 affordable homes for local people.

“We shared our initial proposals with local people last week and, having reviewed the feedback received, we are now finalising the layout for the scheme in order to submit formally for planning approval shortly. Our proposals include the retention of a row of existing mature trees along Marleen Avenue, and this element of our layout was particularly well received by local people.”

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Concept designs released by the developer show that the estate would include a variety of detached, semi-detached, and terraced houses.

A new dedicated cycling and pedestrian route has also been promised as part of the scheme, while the road access to the estate would be from Hartford Street.

In a leaflet sent out to neighbours, Keepmoat Homes said that 14 of the new homes would be for affordable purchase and seven for affordable rent.

Heaton Down Yard was put up for sale by Network Rail last year.

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