Latest La Sagesse plans revealed

Architects Cyril Winskell (left) and Rowland Holmes-Smith

Architects Cyril Winskell (left) and Rowland Holmes-Smith. Video below.

Shepherd Offshore, owner of the former La Sagesse School site, invited local residents to view a revised set of proposals for its development, last night.

Jesmond Local reporters Sophie Bauckham and Harriet Webb headed down to view the plans, meet the developers and find out your views on the proposals.

Watch this video with one of the project’s architects Rowland Holmes-Smith and the conservation specialist Cyril Winskell.


Watch this video and find out what some residents thought of the proposed development plans.


Consultants for the company announced plans last October to build 60 homes – 28 houses and 32 apartments – on the site. The main entrance to the site would be widened to allow for two-way traffic and there would be a route through the estate for cyclists and pedestrians. However, after local residents and council planners expressed reservations about the plans, the number of new homes being proposed has been reduced to 50. A formal planning application will be submitted next month (August).

Shepherd Offshore, the family-owned business of Freddy and Bruce Shepherd, acquired the Jesmond Towers Estate in March 2009, following the closure of La Sagesse School.