The development of 446 homes, community space, and commercial space at the former Hawthorne Leslie Shipyard on Ellison Street in Hebburn has received a positive resolution to approve planning permission on behalf of Hebburn Riverside Development Ltd. Boyer, a national planning consultancy and a member of Leaders Romans Group.

At the South Tyneside Planning Committee meeting on Monday, September 5, this resolution was adopted.

3.7 acres of the former dockyard will be transformed into a dynamic new community with houses, adaptable common spaces, a shop, and a restaurant as part of the development, which will be a sizable rehabilitation project. The new neighborhood will be situated along the banks of the River Tyne in a lovely manicured area.

The new pavilion structure, which will also house a permanent display highlighting the rich history of the site, is intended for a variety of community purposes, including “pop-up” usage.

The history of shipbuilding at the location has inspired the design; for example, the bigger apartment buildings pay respect to the ships that were originally built there, with architectural cues making subtle allusions to maritime engineering. The residences will mimic Hebburn’s other Victorian-era buildings.

It is suggested that the development be given the name “Kelly’s Yard” in honor of the World War II K-class destroyer, HMS Kelly, which was built and launched at the location in 1938. This would be done to recognize the facility’s significant military heritage. Sir John Kelly, the Fleet Admiral, is honored with the name HMS Kelly.

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