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£150m Riverside Development Proposals Submitted for Planning




The Holborn Riverside development will create or safeguard 1,500 construction jobs in the area, along with an additional 1,550 new future jobs from the 200,000 sq.ft. office space.


Top ten housebuilder Keepmoat Homes has submitted a planning application to work in partnership with South Tyneside Council and Alnwick-based developer Cussins, to deliver the residential element of a new riverside community in South Shields.

The proposal looks to transform the disused docks and surrounding brownfield land into a new housing development at Holborn Riverside, which will offer up to 350 new homes, of which 53 will be affordable. The scheme will include a new promenade, opening up access through the site from Laygate to Mill Dam along the riverside for both new and existing residents. Discussions are also under way with local organisations to bring the 3 docks that are to be retained into use creating further interest and activity along the riverside.

The site has been earmarked for re-development for several decades, and of the 297 homes for sale, the proposal will offer a mix of one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom houses and apartments; Bernicia will provide 40 one- and two-bedroom apartments and houses for affordable rent and 13 two-bedroom houses will be available for discount market sale.

In addition to housing, the development will also feature a 200,000 sq. ft. office space being procured by the Council, which will be well integrated with the surrounding area, with travel connections to South Shields town centre. The site will feature an urban style design, reflecting the site’s character and riverside location.

Following a public consultation, Keepmoat Homes have sought to address public concern relating the pre-existing play area and public open space and has revised the layout to include a new play park which will be available for both existing and new residents to use.

The development will create or safeguard 1,500 construction jobs, and as part of their commitment to create a sustainable community, Keepmoat Homes have also pledged to support the local area and help generate opportunities in training and employment through apprenticeships and work placements, which will be delivered throughout the lifetime of the project. The office development is also predicted to create a further 1,550 new jobs in the area.    



Ian Prescott, North East Land & Partnerships Director at Keepmoat Homes, said: “Our vision for the area is to create a place where people want to live and enjoy. If our plans are approved, we will ensure the development is a major benefit to the existing community as well as providing much-needed new homes on a site that been left derelict for many years. Critically it will bring 350 new households into the area which will help sustain businesses in the nearby town centre.

“We listened to feedback from the local community around space and play facilities and amended our proposals to incorporate a new play area for younger children. Whilst we acknowledge that a number of local residents wanted to see the whole of this area retained as open space, a loss of 53 dwellings would have meant that the overall scheme would no longer be a viable proposition and the redevelopment of the docks area would stall. We are therefore putting forward a compromise scheme which retains play facilities in the local area whilst also enabling the overall development to still be progressed.

“We’re looking forward to working in partnership with South Tyneside Council to provide high quality housing that integrates well with the local community, and we are excited about the prospect of turning our plans into reality.”

Work on the development is expected to begin in Summer 2021, subject to planning approval. 

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