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GO AHEAD: D-day for housing near football ground

GO AHEAD: D-day for housing near football ground

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Proposals for a housing estate near the base of South Shields Football Club could be given the go-ahead next week.

Earlier this year, a planning application was registered with South Tyneside Council for land south of the 1st Cloud Arena, off Shaftesbury Avenue.

This included demolishing a former industrial building, previously the Filtrona site, and constructing 69 affordable homes in its place.

The application was submitted by Hedley Planning Services on behalf of Adderstone Living Ltd and South Shields FC Ltd and proposed 100% affordable homes.

Previous plans for 66 dwellings on the site, as part of a hybrid planning application from the football club and a construction firm, sparked huge backlash from local residents and consultees.

The controversial proposals included a new access road from Tavistock Place, the loss of open space and woodland and concerns related to associated noise and disturbance – however this application was withdrawn.

In a report prepared for South Tyneside Council’s Planning Committee next week, planning officers said the new standalone housing scheme would be acceptable and have recommended it for approval.

Revised housing plans include eight four-bedroom semi-detached houses, 30 three-bedroom detached and semi-detached houses and 31 two-bedroom semi-detached houses.

Proposals for an access from Tavistock Place have been scrapped, with vehicular access now proposed from Shaftesbury Avenue.

Meanwhile, double yellow line parking restrictions are proposed across the frontage of the application site along Shaftesbury Avenue to “maintain the free flow of traffic during match days at the football ground.”

According to planning documents, the number of trees to be removed have also been reduced with the housing plan now resulting in the loss of two protected trees.

While the previous hybrid application received around 69 letters of representation, the new application only received one letter of representation.

A statement from South Tyneside Tree Action Group, included in planning papers, noted several positives with the plans but said “it’s a shame many of the other trees aren’t saved [as] climate change can be slowed by retaining healthy mature trees.”

As part of the recommendation to approve planners will seek permission for  the council to enter into a section 106 legal agreement, which would secure funds from the applicant to offset the impacts of new housing.

This includes £27,807 towards mitigation work at protected nature sites at a rate of £403 per dwelling.

The agreement is also expected to secure ‘credited travel cards’ for first occupiers of the affordable homes at a value of £50 per dwelling.

If the plans are approved, all properties are expected to be managed by a North East-based housing association upon completion.

The final decision on the housing plan rests with the council’s Planning Committee, which will meet on Monday September 27 to discuss the proposals.

The meeting starts at 10am at South Shields Town Hall and is open to the public.


Words: Chris Binding, Local Democracy Reporter

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