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Shipping Container Village To Replace Dilapidated Building

Permission has been granted for the derelict Canvas Works in Lime Street, Ouseburn, Tyne And Wear, to be replaced by VESSL, a development comprising 34 steel shipping containers arranged to create 24 studios, three cafes or restaurants, and a third-floor roof terrace, reports The Chronicle.


The Canvas Works site is now scheduled to be demolished, and the new development is hoped to become a hub for local creative businesses. Newcastle City Council’s planning committee gave its unanimous backing to the scheme on Friday morning, months after the developer was told to redraw its proposal due to parking fears.


Cllr Ged Bell, the council’s cabinet member for employment and culture, said: “This is great news. It is always nice to see a brownfield site like this being brought back into use.


“Container villagers are extremely popular among the public and the VESSL development will help diversify the appeal of the Ouseburn as a location for small businesses and create jobs, helping grow the economy.”


VESSL has drawn comparisons to similar shipping container developments such as Stack in Newcastle City Centre, and By The River Brew on the Quayside.


Design studio Raskl amended its plans by converting four existing parking bays on Lime Street into two loading bays for delivery vehicles to access the container site.


Committee chair Hazel Stephenson said on Friday: “I think this is an addition to the area that is welcome in many respects, especially when you have a building now that is just standing there deteriorating.”


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