Shotley Gate: Move to redevelop HMS Ganges site

A major multi-million pound redevelopment of a crumbling former naval base will be submitted to planners next month, The Evening Star can reveal.

SHOTLEY GATE: A major multi-million pound redevelopment of a crumbling former naval base will be submitted to planners next month, The Evening Star can reveal.

Developers want to put 285 homes, a 60-bed nursing home, offices, shops, a hotel and restaurant on the HMS Ganges site, which has laid empty for nearly four decades.

They have vowed to spend at least �2million on restoring the site’s historic buildings, including the Signal School, Nelson Hall and Vincent House.

An appeal against the refusal of a controversial scheme to put 404 homes and a nursing home on the site was rejected last year. It is understood Haylink and developer Galliard Homes have no plans to challenge the decision.


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Scott Bailey, a Haylink spokesman, said the development of a brownfield site would ease pressure on greenfield plots. It would also open the site to the public, provide 57 affordable homes and contribute money towards an off-road cycling path on the peninsula.

“It’s been going on for longer than I can remember, ever since the mid-1970s,” said Richard Wrinch, Shotley Parish Council chairman. “There have been various plans a lot of which have petrified the parish.

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“I think it is essential it’s developed. It brings enormous improvements to the feeling at that end of the parish where housing is abutting a dilapidated site.”

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