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NO HOUSES HERE: Residents’ anger at executive housing plans

NO HOUSES HERE: Residents’ anger at executive housing plans

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“No houses here”

These were the words daubed on a wall near the proposed North Tyneside site of more than a dozen “executive homes”.

And reflecting the view of the writer, Killingworth residents have spoke of their anger at plans for the 14 houses near their village.

Gladglider Ladycross Ltd is behind proposals to the four-bedroom homes on land east of Killingworth Road.

A design and access statement lodged with North Tyneside Council claimed that development’s focus on environmental sustainability would make it “unique” in the borough.

It said: “This development will be unique within North Tyneside with its focus
on sustainability both in materials but in the lifespan of the house
through additional environmental techniques and materials.”

But some resident’s aren’t happy and 45 objections to the proposals have been sent to the authority.

Objectors raised fears about traffic and the impact on the environment and wildlife.

One wrote: “I walk along this road every morning and have seen deer, foxes and other wildlife in the area of the proposed development. I fear that they would lose part of their habitat if this development proceeds.”

Another warned that the development will cause the area to become clogged with traffic.

They said: “Killingworth Road is already a busy road which will become busier still if the proposed development goes ahead. Inevitably this will also increase the number of cars using Nicholson Terrace as a speedway rat run.”

This was echoed by another, who pointed out that traffic calming measures had already been installed in Killingworth.

They explained: “Traffic in the area is already heavy and cannot cope safely with any more. Speed humps have recently been installed across the full width of the road in three places in an attempt to slow it down. Since then there is an increased flow through the village.”

Another said said: “This is a shocking and totally unacceptable proposal. To build houses on an area of natural beauty untouched for hundreds of years is a disgrace. The area has already been decimated by the greed of land owners and house builders. There has to be a limit to how much our areas of natural beauty are to be destroyed.”

Another claimed that the developments in the area made it at risk of turning into a “concrete jungle”.

The applicant has pointed to the scheme’s eco credentials, listing a range of features designed to protect the environment.

These include sourcing materials locally to reduce its carbon footprint and support the local economy,

Electric vehicle charging points will also be installed and the new houses will be equipped with air source heat pumps which give warmth without carbon emissions.

The homes will also utilise rainwater harvesting  which helps to reduce the
water consumption of the individual dwelling as well as reducing storm water run-off.

The homes will also be triple glazed, insulated and fitted with solar panels in a bid to save even more energy.

This appealed to six supporters of the proposal, and one said ” We have been looking for a family home built to a standard that can mitigate our carbon footprint through sustainable low carbon construction for years and have not managed to find anything close.”

Another added: “The area needs more quality family housing especially designed in keeping with Killingworth village and in North Tyneside in general.”

The authority is expected to decide on the plans by November.


Words: Herbert Soden, Local Democracy Reporter

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