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Controversy over new offices.

Byline: DANIEL HOLLAND Local Democracy Reporter daniel.holland@reachplc.com @danhollandnews

DESIGNS for a new office development overlooking the Tyne Bridge have been given the green light.

Adderstone Group's plans for a two-storey office block with views of the iconic bridge and the River Tyne won the approval of Gateshead Council planning bosses on Wednesday.

The offices will be built in Bottle Bank, on a piazza next to the Curzon Place flats which had previously been intended for "high quality public space".

The only buying the was unobstructed of the Tyne We paid a for Peter But with plans for seating and art installations failing to materialise, council bosses have now given the go-ahead to use the land as offices.

The decision angered the owner of Curzon Place, who told the planning committee that the development will have a "huge" impact on residents and devalue his property.

Peter Ferguson said: "The only point of buying the premises was to have unobstructed views of the Tyne Bridge.

"We paid a premium for that when we bought it. That has totally gone by the wayside."

He added that the parking in the prominent location is already "a disaster" and that the offices, which could accommodate up to 40 employees, would exacerbate the problem.

point of premises have Adderstone views Bridge.

premium that Ferguson CEO Ian Baggett responded: "We like doing developments. We like making things happen. I would see it as a clever design that is taking advantage of a prime location."

The office is proposed to have a full height curved glass frontage and meeting rooms with views directly over the grade-II listed Tyne Bridge.

Planning officers say that it is only the ground floor flats of Curzon Place, which face east or north east, that will potentially be affected by loss of views or light as their living room windows will look onto the office block.

A council report added: "During the development of the Curzon Place scheme, the piazza was originally proposed to provide an area of outdoor space with art installations and street furniture.

"However, the area has never been used to its full potential and there is little evidence to suggest that the piazza was used as an area of open space. Indeed, the area has been partially fenced off and inaccessible to the public for several years.

"The piazza is not a formally allocated area of open space and the loss is not considered to be detrimental to the public. As a result, officers are of the view that it can be regarded as surplus to requirements.

"Further, the development of the piazza could be considered a positive development as it would bring the area back into use and create a buffer between Curzon Place and the busy highway to the east."

of Gateshead planning the prominent already that The only point of buying the premises was to have unobstructed views of the Tyne Bridge. We paid a premium for that Peter Ferguson

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