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Revealed... the eyesores that are blighting our landscape.

SMITH'S DOCK, NORTH SHIELDS This former shipyard will become home to 700 houses as part of a major development project led by Places for People. However it's taken nearly seven years for a planning application to begin the work on the first phase of building and the area has been fenced off. Once completed it's hoped this new riverside community will link up the Fish Quay and Royal Quays. While waiting for work to get going, fishermen have used the derelict riverbank as a prime site from which to cast their rods.

SALVATION ARMY BUILDING, CITY ROAD, NEWCASTLE City Road Lifehouse was closed in June 2014 because the Salvation Army failed to win a bid to deliver homelessness services in Newcastle and it is now empty. The building was finished in 1974 and is considered a classic example of seventies architecture by firm Ryder and Yates, which also built the Killingworth British Gas Research Station.

THE TOY MUSEUM, GRAND PARADE, TYNEMOUTH, NORTH TYNESIDE.

North Tyneside Council owns the Toy Museum and the building was rented out to Tony and Maureen Bracken of North Shields, until they were evicted in 2012. It's expected that the building will be incorporated within plans to redevelop the North Tyneside coastline and is set to become a cafe and exhibition centre.

BLAYDON HOUSE SPORTS AND SOCIAL CLUB, OFF GARDEN STREET AND VISIBLE FROM BLAYDON ROUNDABOUT This private working men's club has seen better days, with its roof and windows needing repair.

It is now boarded up but is owned by Hadrian Healthcare and there are plans for future development which Gateshead Council say they have been made aware of.

BUFFALO JOE'S BAR, PIPEWELLGATE, GATESHEAD QUAYSIDE This bar famed for its bucking bronco has been vacant since 2011, and within months it suffered a damaging fire. It was originally opened in 2001 by Harry Costigan, then operations director for Hartlepool-based chain Pubmaster.

Costing PS2m to build and furnish, it was the first quayside bar to be open until midnight Monday to Saturday with no admission charge.

After its previous owner Leopard Leisure went into receivership, it is believed to have been sold by receivers to Trafalgar Group for development as a leisure venue.

LAND BETWEEN THE HIGH LEVEL BRIDGE AND THE TYNE BRIDGE This is Hillgate Quay and the land forms part of the former berth of the Tuxedo Princess floating nightclub. The land was bought by Gateshead Council for future development as part of Gateshead Quays, and there were plans for a PS10m leisure and office complex in 2010, but this fell through.

AXWELL HALL, AXWELL PARK, BLAYDON The site of this Georgian mansion was once home to James Clavering, a merchant from Newcastle. His son Sir Thomas Clavering replaced an exisiting manor house with this once-impressive Palladian mansion designed by architect James Paine and later it was used as a school. The Grade II building is now in the hands of a developer Eight Property Limited and it is set to be divided into 20 top-end flats by 2016.

LAND AROUND DYNAMIX EXTREME SKATE AND BMX INDOOR PARK OFF ALBANY ROAD, GATESHEAD This eight-acre plot is owned by one person who has rented out part of it to the people who run Dynamix. It was bought prerecession with plans for it to be redeveloped. However, a 40 acre site to the north of this is the Baltic Business Quarter and is former industrial land secured by Gateshead Council for office and business development. Gateshead College, Northern Design Centre, Baltimore House and the Open University are already there but work is expected to start on a new district heating plant on this site soon.

THE FORMER DERELICT MB CIRCUITS WAREHOUSE ON TANNERS BANK, NORTH TYNESIDE This three storey former fish smokehouse and workshop in the North Shields Quay Conservation Area was built around 1900 and is currently for sale for PS150,000. Owned by Leftbank Developments, it has planning permission for five flats.

BUILDING IMMEDIATELY NEXT TO THE LOW LIGHTS TAVERN OFF BREWHOUSE BANK, NORTH TYNESIDE North Tyneside Council say this is owned by Leftbank Developments.

OVERGROWN LAND BETWEEN BREWHOUSE BANK AND UNION ROAD, NORTH TYNESIDE North Tyneside Council say this is owned by Leftbank Developments.

LAND ONCE HOME TO WALKER TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE AT MIDDLE STREET, WALKER, NEWCASTLE Developer Bellway Homes has been given permission to built 116 houses, since the former school was knocked down in 2012 and moved to a new state-of-the-art centre at Waverdale.

Although neighbours and local MP Nick Brown were not happy when Newcastle City Council gave permission for the land to be used for housing.

Nick Brown, MP for Newcastle East, thinks too many houses are planned for the site.

LAND FORMERLY BANK OF ENGLAND, PILGRIM STREET, NEWCASTLE This site has been owned privately by the The Reuben Brothers' since 2011 when they bought the 42 acre East Pilgrim Street site. The Bank of England building was demolished a year ago and the council say they have been actively working with the owners to seek a viable use for the site. In the meantime an application is currently being considered for interim uses on the site which include a multi-use games area and outdoor public space.

FORMER BUS STATION, WORSWICK STREET, NEWCASTLE This land is part of The Reuben Brothers' plot.

LAND BELOW THE METRO RADIO ARENA, NEWCASTLE The former Calder Leadworks site.

The site has planning permission granted to Bellway Homes for 528 flats.

THE FORMER PARSONS SITE (SIEMENS NORTH AND SOUTH) OFF SHIELDS ROAD AND HUDDLESTON ROAD The council-owned former Siemens North site at Shields Road was most recently occupied temporarily by Nexus and is now vacant. Terms have been agreed to potentially let 2.10 acres of the site. This will leave an area of approximately 5.5 acres of vacant development land. The former Siemens South site at Shields Road is also council-owned and has site area of approximately 13.5 acres of vacant development land. Both sites have been included in the council's Employment Land Review and is earmarked for industrial/employment use.

LAND ABOVE THE HELIPORT AT DUNN STREET, NEWCASTLE The PS600,000 site is allocated for industrial use. No application has been received for its redevelopment. WALKER ROAD, ST PETER'S, NEWCASTLE The site is allocated for housing, but was last used for a car dealership. This use and engineering works to the site are currently subject to planning enforcement action by Newcastle City Council and a notice was served on the unauthorised car dealership over highway safety and for looking unsightly.

LAND THAT IS BORDERED BY WOOLSINGTON STREET AND WESTMORLAND ROAD IN ELSWICK, NEWCASTLE Outline planning permission was granted to Tynexe Limited for 177 homes in September.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Mar 20, 2015
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