6 June 2002
Jim Cousins MP
21 Portland Terrace
Newcastle upon Tyne
Dear Mr Cousins
FORMER PAINT FACTORY SITE, PORTLAND ROAD, SANDYFORD
I refer to your letter of 24 May regarding the above site.
The current position is that a draft brief for the site was approved by the Council's Development Control Committee on 5 April 2002 for public consultation and a copy is attached for your information. Consultation with Local Councillors, property owners and occupiers in the area and other interested parties is now in progress and a number of responses have been received. The intention is to revise the brief in the light of comments received and report the final version to Development Control Committee on 28 June for approval.
Once the brief is approved the Council has informally agreed with co-owners Akso-Nobel that the site will be jointly marketed and, via a selection process, a preferred developer will be selected to undertake the redevelopment of the site. I agree that it is a key gateway site to the Lower Ouseburn Valley and can confirm that the marketing particulars and eventual scheme selection criteria will reflex this view.
If you have any comments to make on the brief I would be pleased to receive them before 14 June if possible.
Head of Planning and Transportation