STOCKTON: Fast-growing Wynyard sees estate extension backed
Plans for extra 130 homes at Wynyard. Credit: Google Maps.
AN extra 130 homes have been given the stamp of approval on a new estate in Wynyard.
Plans for 500 homes on the stretch near Wynyard Hall had already been given the green light – alongside moves to bring new shops, a doctors surgery, and community facilities to the booming estate.
Now Cameron Hall Developments will be able to extend the estate west of Maynard Grove after Stockton councillors unanimously approved the bid on Wednesday.
The outline plans are on land bounded to the west by the Castle Eden walkway, to the south by the registered parkland of Wynyard Hall, and to the east by existing housing.
Stephen Longstaff, agent on behalf of developers, said housing had been allocated on the stretch in the council’s “Local Plan” blueprint.
He told members the bid was part of wider work at Wynyard Village which included new homes, a new primary school, business centre, and the new Glass House restaurant, at Wynyard Hall.
Mr Longstaff said: “In addition to further housing, this phase of the development includes a new local centre in line with the requirements of the Wynyard Masterplan.”
Shops, a gym, or a cafe, bakery or restaurant are hoped to fill the spaces.
A community centre has also been lined up in the future.
A total of 11 objections were lodged by residents – with worries about transport links and how schools would cope.
Papers revealed terms agreed with the council in return for the permission included the community centre, work to roads, £1.5m for 26 affordable homes elsewhere in the borough and almost £700,000 towards providing school places.
Officer Simon Grundy said the original scheme for 650 homes in 2013 was scaled down as work at the A19 interchange was needed.
But he told councillors the highways work was now awaiting final sign off – and he expected it to be approved soon.
Conservative group leader, Cllr Tony Riordan, questioned whether extra homes were being “squashed on” the land given it exceeded the number lined up for the stretch in Stockton’s Local Plan.
Mr Grundy said he appreciated the point – but he believed traffic impacts had been “properly assessed and considered” – with a final thumbs up awaited from Highways England (National Highways).
He added: “When we’ve looked at it as the council, we have assessed the full quantum of development across Wynyard – and that would include those additional units.
“That mitigation proposed can accommodate this additional traffic.”
Words: Alex Metcalfe, Local Democracy Reporter
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