Please feel free to print and circulate this poster and please attend our MA Poster 2014 September HCS Exhibitionstudent’s exhibition on the Hexham Workhouse site and the greenfield Craneshaugh site 1-6th September. Please note the presentation by the Course Tutor to which all are invited is now at 3pm on Friday 5th September.  A PDF of the poster can be downloaded here: Poster 2014 September HCS Exhibition.

A Different Class

MA Student’s ideas for greenfield and brownfield sites in Hexham

- Former Hexham Union Workhouse & Craneshaugh Greenfield Housing site

1st – 6th September 2014

Scott’s Cafe, Forum Cinema, Hexham

Following the approval of 122 new houses on the greenfield housing site at Craneshaugh, and the continued potential of the ‘brownfield’ former Hexham workhouse site on Dean Avenue, MA students at the University of Newcastle have looked afresh at both sites – presenting design concepts that challenge our expectations of how these important sites should be delivered. While the Craneshaugh site is already approved for housing following a planning application in 2013, it will be interesting to see what alternative concepts for a large greenfield site could look like.

You are cordially invited to visit the exhibition throughout its week. We are also holding a presentation and discussion of the work on Friday 5th September at 3pm where MA Urban Design Course Tutor Georgia Giannopoulou will summarise the student’s output and discuss the potential of these important sites.

Presentation and Refreshments

3pm Friday 5th September,

Scott’s Cafe, Hexham

free entry

Further to the saga of Hexham Bus Station and Northumberland County Council’s preferred option of relocation to Loosing Hill, a further opportunity to examine the Council’s proposal will take this week at the Queen’s Hall.

The exhibition at the Queen’s Hall on Beaumont Street will display information about the NCC study into the eight options that have apparently been investigated. It will be open from Monday 11 to Friday 15 August during normal opening times for the building, and council staff will be available to answer questions. The sites that have been considered at are Wentworth Car Park; Maiden’s Walk; Hexham Railway Station; Loosing Hill; on-street facilities on Priestpopple; the existing bus station site; the existing bus station site plus land to the south; and land at the south-west corner of Priestpopple and Corbridge Road.

The list of sites was put forward earlier this year by Hexham Town Council, and each was scored against 27 criteria under five themes of: accessibility; functionality; sustainability; safety and security; and cost. The study found that, of the eight site options considered; Loosing Hill, Wentworth Car Park, Maiden’s Walk and Hexham Railway Station could all accommodate the facilities associated with a modern bus station. The features considered essential are: enough space to accommodate five bus stands and accompanying running lanes and manoeuvring space; drop-off, layover and maintenance area; taxi rank, customer waiting area, customer toilets, staff facilities and cycle stands.

Cllr Ian Swithenbank, policy board member responsible for streetcare and environment at Northumberland County Council, said: “We are very keen to engage with and gain comments and feedback from as many people as possible on the options for the bus station. No decision will be made until early autumn, and only after further consultation has been completed.”

The exhibition will be in the foyer of the Queen’s Hall and can be viewed during normal opening times for the building.

This follows a previous drop-in session in the town, which was attended by over 400 people. At that event invitations were extended to representatives of local businesses and organisations, bus companies, local councillors and members of the public. Further information and a feedback form are available on the council’s website at http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/hexbus. A printed copy of the AECOM report is also available at the council’s customer information centre at Hadrian House on Market Street. The council will be analysing all feedback and consultation responses before making a decision in the autumn.
The exhibition will be available during normal opening times for the building, as follows: Mon 10am – 7.30pm; Tues 9am – 5pm; Weds 9am – 5pm; Thurs 10am – 5pm; Fri 9am – 7.30pm
Also this week opponents of the proposed move will rally at 11am on Wednesday 13th August at the bus station site. Dr Anne Pickering has presented her petition of over 4,000 names against the proposed move to NCC officers and will lead Wednesday’s rally.

Hexham Civic Society officially remains open-minded regarding the possible move to Loosing Hill – however, we feel that any commitment to the Loosing Hill site requires a cast-iron guarantee of a very high quality proposal for the vacated site. Unfortunately, as has been seen with recent approvals at the 7 storey retirement flats at the former Baths at Gilesgate, and at the Hexham Goods yard site, design quality may be a low priority for NCC and its preferred developers. We would welcome the views of HCS members on how we should position ourselves here.

On our website poll, 66% of respondents voted to keep the station at its present location, with the remainder favouring Loosing Hill.

Following the exhibition 11/07/14 by developers Dysart and Northumberland County Council for the proposed relocation of the present bus station to Loosing Hill, we attach two feedback forms for your information. Both can be downloaded from the links below and written on and posted or re-scanned as you wish. The Dysart form can be emailed to admin@nicholsonnairn.co.uk and the NCC form should be sent to ask@northumberland.gov.uk for the attention of the ‘Strategic Transport Team’. The NCC deadline for comment is believed to be Friday 25th July.

Hexham Civic Society is considering its formal response to the proposals and if you are an HCS member, please let us know your view.

Feedback Form NCC Bus Station Loosing Hill Proposal

Feedback Form Dysart Bus Station Site Proposal

Hexham Bus Station. Image Copyright A RoweHexham Bus Station Relocation – ‘Drop in Event’

We have been advised by Northumberland County Council that a drop-in event is to be held in Hexham at Prospect House on Friday 11 July. The NCC Press Release states:

“Residents, bus users and anyone who wants to find out more about proposals for the bus station is welcome to call in at the Council Chamber in Prospect House, Hexham at any time between 2pm and 7pm. Visitors to the event will be able to see the outcomes from a detailed appraisal of options for the future of the bus station undertaken by NCC. The eight options considered include retaining the bus station on its current site and each possible site was scored against 27 criteria under five themes of: accessibility; functionality; sustainability; safety and security; and cost. (more…)

After the very valuable work of three Working Groups, there is now a
draft Vision for Hexham in the Year 2020 and a draft Town Plan 2014-15.

Consultation with the townspeople of Hexham will be the next step towards the Town Council being able to agree the final Vision and Town Plan.

They want your views!

There are 4 ways you can give your views.
1. Drop-in Consultation Event, 2.00pm to 6.30pm on Thursday 19th June 2014 in Prospect House – view the drafts, talk to Councillors and Working Group members, leave your views behind (also on post-its), or fill in the survey.
2. Consultation Meeting, 7.00-8.30pm on Thursday 19th June 2014 in Prospect House.
3. Survey – complete the simple, quick survey on the Town Council website, from Monday 9th June.
4. Write to or Email the Town Council with your views.
Consultation will close on Sunday 22nd June 2014.

The draft Vision and draft Town Plan are on the Town Council website: www.hexhamtowncouncil.gov.uk and available to be read in Hexham Library, with paper copies of the survey.

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