The regeneration of a site overlooking the River Tyne in Ouseburn has moved a step closer following submission of plans for a new £7.5m apartment complex.

If it gets the green light, the move could see the creation of a multi-storey residential scheme on derelict land off St Lawrence Road close to the confluence of the Tyne and Ouseburn rivers and to the east of the Free Trade Inn.

Plans drawn up by McLundie Geddes Architects will see a mix of 50 one, two, three and four bedroomed apartments with onsite undercroft parking.

The new scheme will offer a greater choice to local homeowners, particularly first-time buyers and families – they will be able to take advantage of accessible and quality accommodation that is within easy reach of local shops and amenities.

Upwards of 50 construction jobs could be created if the plans are approved later this year as well as help stimulate new jobs in support and associated supply chain sectors.

The scheme is seen as a welcome boost to regional housing provision, contributing to the demand for quality housing across Newcastle.

The news is also the culmination of months of work by local planning specialist, Hedley Planning Services.

Working closely with the developers and Newcastle City Council’s planning department, the firm’s managing director Sean Hedley welcomes the planning submission.

He said: “Redevelopment of St Lawrence Roadwill unquestionably make a meaningful and significant contribution to the local and wider economy, both during the construction and long after families have moved in.

“As planners, we are always keen to see the green light for much needed, quality and sensible housing development. This project ticks all the boxes, and is sure to leave a long-lasting legacy, contributing significantly to an important part of Newcastle.”