One of two competing plans to redevelop a prominent city centre office block has been axed.
Two proposals were revealed last month to convert Cuthbert House, off the Swan House roundabout, into flats.
But one of those plans - for 80 one and two-bedroom flats - has now been withdrawn by Surrey-based business The Planning Guys.
One objector told Newcastle City Council that turning the building into housing would leave residents enduring “toxic fumes and unbearable noise levels”.
The council’s public safety and transport bosses had also criticised the plan for providing insufficient information on issues including noise insulation, parking, and refuse collection.
The member of the public who objected said: “The location of this proposed development is terrible, very heavy traffic in this area will result in toxic fumes and unbearable noise levels.
“The question has to be asked - is this location suitable for human habitation?
“I hope the developers ask themselves would they live in such a poor location and reconsider their plans.”
The Planning Guys declined to comment on the withdrawal of its plans for the six-storey building, which is valued at £3.75 million.
The remaining plan for the site is SH Newcastle Ltd’s design for 274 studio apartments, which the council is carrying out a consultation on.
That plan, which the developer has claimed would improve traffic flow in the area, has also drawn criticism from residents.
An objection sent to the council states: “Toxic location,very heavy trafficked area with toxic air quality, heavy traffic noise with building almost on the road I am afraid for the 274 students’ health.
“There is very little room for trees or shrubs to resolve this sour environment. Cramming 274 students in to such a toxic environment is shocking and shows this to be a very poorly thought out scheme and one designed to reward the developer only.”
Property auctioneer Allsop says that the site presents “excellent development opportunities including potential for hotel, refurbished offices, student or traditional residential uses”.
A brochure advertising its sale adds: “Cuthbert House is a prominent, flexible building located centrally within Newcastle Upon Tyne city centre, a short walking distance to the main retail core, Manors Metro Station and Central Station.
“As such, the property provides an excellent opportunity for conversion to a range of alternative uses, including; residential, student and hotel.”
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