Planning has been submitted for a 96-acre residential and mixed use development to the north of Newcastle.

The £85m scheme, being branded as ‘Centre Point’, is being developed in the centre of Cramlington – a new town established in the 1960s.

Persimmon and Bellway Homes, the partnership behind the scheme, want to build an £85m ‘community’ on the site including 162,000 sq ft of office space, 700 new homes, 7,500 sq ft of retail space and 35,000 sq ft of community buildings.

Peter Jordan, regional projects director for Persimmon Homes, said putting the planning application together had been a particularly complicated task.

‘Due to its size and unusual position in such close proximity to the Town Centre, the process has involved very detailed consultation,’ he said. ‘But we feel confident that these proposals will deliver the most viable, effective and beneficial environment for the community.’

The development, designed by P+HS Architects, will be built using locally sourced materials to create ‘visual continuity’ and to lessen the environmental impact of transportation.