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Reconfiguration of the Middlefields Industrial Estate


Welcome to our public consultation page for the proposals to reconfigure the existing Middlefields Industrial Estate (‘Middlefields Depot’), with improvements to the Site’s layout, function and efficiency through strategic planning and redevelopment.

The proposal is required as part of the wider redevelopment and reconfiguration of the Middlefields Depot. This includes the relocation of the Highways Construction Services from the existing Middlefields Depot to the Viking Energy Network Jarrow (VENJ), Land to the North of Blackett Street, Jarrow, NE31 1SR. A Full Planning Application is currently pending determination for this relocation (Planning Application Reference: ST/0204/24/FUL), located north east of the Middlefields Depot, adjacent to the River Tyne.

DPP Planning, on behalf of South Tyneside Council, is preparing to submit a further Full Planning Application for the reconfiguration of the Middlefields Depot. Before doing so, the Applicant welcomes you to provide feedback on the proposals.


The site

The Site comprises the Middlefields Depot, located within South Tyneside to the west of Boldon Lane. It is a strategic location for South Tyneside Council and houses a number of the Council’s service providers including Waste, Fleet, Highways and South Tyneside Homes, along with third party organisations. The surrounding area is predominantly characterised by industrial uses, with residential development to the wider east.

Access to the Site is gained via the B1302 (Boldon Lane). The Site is readily accessible by public transport with two bus stops located to the east providing frequent services to South Shields Interchange. Tyne Dock Metro Station is also located approximately 300m to the east.

The Site is located within Flood Zone 1 and therefore has a low risk of fluvial flooding. The majority of the Site also has a very low risk of surface water flooding, though there are areas of medium to high risk to the north and southwest.

There are no heritage assets within or in close proximity to the Site.

The Proposal

Overtime, the Site has developed organically and as a result has become disorganised, with little clarity on where each service providers’ accommodation, parking and storage is located. The Proposed Development seeks to maximise the efficiency of the Site, with the awareness that, over time, the demands on the Site could increase.

With this in mind, the Proposed Development comprises the reconfiguration of the existing Middlefields Depot, and specifically proposes:

  • Dedicated areas for fleet parking;
  • Dedicated areas for refuse collection vehicle parking;
  • Dedicated areas for staff parking;
  • Dedicated bays for visitor parking, electric vehicle charging and accessible bays);
  • A newly located bin storage area;
  • A newly located container yard;
  • Designated vehicle workshop storage areas;
  • Targeted resurfacing of the internal road network;
  • Increased security provision including a new security gatehouse, increased CCTV provision, additional external lighting, new secure fencing, access control, vehicle barriers and ANPR; and,
  • Marked areas for potential future development on the Site. 

It is important to note that as a result of the redevelopment and reconfiguration of the Middlefields Depot, the operations on the Site will be reduced, with fewer overall vehicle movements due to the relocation of the Highways Construction Services to VENJ on completion of the development.

A visual is available to download on this website to indicate the broad location of uses across the Site.

Providing your Feedback

We would welcome any feedback you may have on the Proposed Development.

Please use the comment box below or email your comments to if you would like to provide feedback online.

Alternatively, please feel free to post your comments to: DPP, Studio 015 Haylofts, St Thomas Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4LE.

Your comments will be logged, and any queries will be responded to in the Statement of Community Involvement which will be submitted to the Local Planning Authority as part of the Full Planning Application.

Please submit your comments on or before Tuesday 28th May 2024

Once the Full Planning Application has been submitted, full details will be available on South Tyneside Council’s website and there will be a further opportunity to comment.

We look forward to receiving your comments on the Proposed Development.

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