Social distancing plans are being formulated:
Your ward councillors have held an online meeting with Council officers who informed us that they are investigating changes to the layout of Whickham centre, in line with a new Government scheme "Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer public places - urban centres and green spaces", further information on which can be found HERE
Any new arrangements implemented would be on a temporary basis, during the current pandemic situation.
Work could start again on the unfinished house on Whickham Bank if the Government approves changes to the building plans.
Planning permission for the house was given by Gateshead Council in 1998 but building work stopped when concerns were raised that neighboring properties would lose their privacy.
Gateshead Council was then asked to intervene to get changes made to the house, so that it's views of neighboring houses could be addressed. There is a long and difficult legal process which needs to be gone through to achieve this.
Cllr. Peter Craig reports: "The final stage of negotiations has only now been reached and agreement is being sought with the building's owner to modify the design to reduce overlooking of neighbouring homes and alleviate local residents' concerns"