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FURTHER OBJECTIONS: Penshaw housing plans approved once again

FURTHER OBJECTIONS: Penshaw housing plans approved once again

Land south west of Herrington Country Park, Image: Google

Councillors have once again approved plans for a large housing estate in the shadow of Sunderland’s Penshaw Monument, following further objections from residents.

Last month proposals were given the go-ahead for Taylor Wimpey North East to provide the development on a parcel of land south west of Herrington Country Park, subject to the completion of council consultation.

The application involved full planning permission for the first phase of 116 homes, along with outline planning permission for 324 homes, with all matters such as design and scale reserved until a later date.

However due to further objections during the consultation the proposals had to return before the City Council’s Planning and Highways (West) Committee on Tuesday evening.

But councillors once again approved the proposals, agreeing with the recommendation of planning officers.

Four representations were submitted since the last meeting, and new concerns raised included worries over the amount of greenhouse gasses and other pollution generated by the new development.

However officers said the application included a sustainability appraisal setting out commitments to utilising sustainable construction techniques, and included design features to ensure energy performance standards are exceeded.

Cllr Heather Fagan, speaking at the meeting, raised concerns generally over applications being approved ahead of consultation periods concluding however.

She said: “This causes a lot of bad feelings with residents, because they think it’s a foregone conclusion and it’s going to go through.”

Committee chair Cllr Melanie Thornton agreed, adding they need to “learn a lesson from this one”.

Council planning officers responded stating they include the mechanism to bring an application back before councillors, as happened in this case, and it ensures proposals are considered “as soon as possible”

At the time of the previous meeting council planners had received more than 270 objections to the proposals, with concerns ranging from impacts on local services and highways infrastructure, to the loss of countryside and quality of development.

However planning officers said the scheme would deliver new housing, employment and economic benefits.

The site, which is bordered by the A183 Chester Road and Chislehurst Road, was previously allocated for housing in Sunderland City Council’s adopted Core Strategy and Development Plan (CSDP), or ‘local plan.’

Despite opposition to housing development, the site was ‘deleted’ from the green belt following an ‘examination in public’ where the CSDP was assessed by a government-appointed planning inspector.

The approval is subject to a section 106 legal agreement, allowing the council’s planning authority to secure 15% on-site affordable housing and contributions from developers towards local improvements.


Words: Nic Marko, Local Democracy Reporter

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