Call for community to take on former school site

A local campaigner has called for the former La Sagesse School site in Jesmond to be made available for use by the community.

James Bartle, the Conservative spokesman for North Jesmond, has urged developers to allow community groups to come up with ideas to bring the former school site back into use for local residents. 

The Jesmond Towers site has been out of permanent use since La Sagesse School closed in 2008. Plans for a residential development of luxury properties on the site have been met with concerns from local residents. Residents have expressed concern that the current plans are insensitive to the site’s historic nature and will have an impact on traffic and parking in the surrounding area. 

James Bartle has called for the local community to come up with ideas to bring the site back to life as a resource for the community. He said: “The former La Sagesse site is a site of great historical significance which should be preserved for the wider public to enjoy. It is also important we protect the site’s natural beauty as a part of the Jesmond Dene Conservative Area.”

“I would like to see local residents and community groups come forward with their ideas to make use of the site and create a sustainable resource for Jesmond’s vibrant community. I am already aware of interest in the site and would support local groups in bringing forward alternative plans to give Jesmond Towers a sustainable future.”

Reflecting on resident’s concerns, James said: “Having spoken to residents since the plans were unveiled, I know that many Jesmond residents are unhappy with the current plans for the site. There are pressing concerns about traffic, parking and the impact of the site on a historic area which I want to see aired.”

“Jesmond has a thriving local community which should be encouraged to suggest ways this site might be available for all residents to enjoy.”

Residents who have concerns about the proposed development on the Jesmond Towers site can view the plans and register their views at www.newcastle.gov.uk/viewplanning.