A planning application has been submitted for civil engineering works needed to transform brownfield land in South Tyneside into a bustling living, working and cultural quarter.
South Tyneside Council has applied for planning permission to carry out works to the former industrial site and disused docks at Holborn, South Shields, to facilitate a vibrant riverside development.
If approved, the plans would see a new quay edge wall installed, re-grading of the site, decontamination of the ground and the raising of the former dry docks to overcome serious flooding issues. Three of the docks would be restored, preserving the area's industrial heritage.
The site, which is currently split level, would be reprofiled to create a gentle slope from Commercial Road to the Tyne, making it more suitable for development.
Cllr Tracey Dixon, Leader of South Tyneside Council, said: "If approved, these enabling works would prepare what has been a largely derelict area for many years for the transformation into a mixed use development that would deliver new homes and office space and create hundreds of new jobs."
Subject to planning permission, the works would get underway in the autumn.
Last year, Keepmoat, working in partnership with Cussins, were appointed as the development partner to deliver around 350 high-quality family houses and apartments and the associated infrastructure, including a new riverside promenade.
The scheme, which builds on the considerable investment that has already gone into regenerating South Shields, has secured £9.4million from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for the delivery of a future phase of office accommodation.
A 4.5 hectare section of the 10.5 hectare site was awarded Enterprise Zone status after a successful bid supported by the Local Enterprise Partnership.