Fresh planning application for more student apartments on Beamish site

Fresh planning application for more student apartments on Beamish site
Construction is already underway on 61 student apartments on the Beamish site. Bam now wants to increase this number to 67. Pic: Billy macGill.

BAM have lodged a fresh planning application for the former Beamish brewery seeking extra student apartments for the northern end of the site.

Construction work is already underway building more than 400 student bedrooms on the site referred to as Zone A.

The company is now seeking permission to increase the number of apartments from 61 to 67 through the addition of a seventh floor on one of the four blocks and other changes to the existing permission.

Also included in Zone A is a ground floor retail unit on the corner of South Main Street and the revival of a historic laneway called Lamley’s Lane.

Planning was granted in 2011 for the Beamish site's complete redevelopment. However, Bam has already received approval to modify Zone A increasing the number of student apartments and omitting some of the proposed retail elements.

Bam is also awaiting approval on modifications to Zone B around the historic Counting House where they want to omit the seven-screen cinema and reduce the planned brewery interpretive centre.

On Monday the company said an agreement has been reached on funding arrangements that will allow progress on the controversial Events Centre element in Zone C.

However, this element will also require a revised planning application.

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