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PLANS FOR: Hundreds of houses in North Shields to be heard next week

PLANS FOR: Hundreds of houses in North Shields to be heard next week

How the estate on land near Rake Farm could look, Image Northumberland Estates

Plans for hundreds of new homes in North Shields are set to be heard by North Tyneside Council next week.

Northumberland Estates is behind proposals to build 310 houses on land next to Rake House Farm, Rake Lane.

If the scheme is given the go ahead by the authority’s planning committee a mixture of two, three, four and five bedroom homes on the site.

A report to the committee stated that site is part of a wider plot of land that has been earmarked for 3,000 houses.

Murton Gap and Killingworth Moor have been earmarked for housing under the North Tyneside Local Plan.

Around 5,000 houses could eventually be constructed – 3,000 at Murton Gap and 2,000 at Killingworth Moor.

However, the council has received 70 objections to the scheme from concerned residents.

The objectors raised fears about the loss of wildlife and greenspace and adding further burden to already congested local roads.

One described the land as one of the last “tranquil places” in North Tyneside.

They wrote: “I use this area several days a week to walk my dog – it’s one of the last ‘green’ tranquil places within walking distance in North Tyneside. During Covid restrictions it has been a sanctuary to many people who walk here – or have just found it!”

One said that traffic in the road is already congested and would be made worse by the scheme.

They wrote: “Traffic in this area is already congested, access to and from the hospital, Seatonville Road and Dove Park is difficult without potentially another 600+ vehicles.”

Another claimed the plans don’t address flood risk on the site, pointing to the flooding of a local school in June.

They added: “In June this year, Monkseaton High School which is adjacent to the north east of the development site was closed for a week due to flooding caused by heavy rain and the associated surface water run-off from the proposed development site.

“This serves as an example of the risks pertaining to this site, even before factors such as climate change and the increased hardstanding, roof area and concrete associated with the development are considered.”

The planning committee is expected to vote on the application on Tuesday.

 

Words: Herbert Soden, Local Democracy Reporter


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