Homes plan for former South Tyneside colliery site

OPPOSED ... the site of  a planned housing estate in Cotswolds Lane, Boldon Colliery.
OPPOSED ... the site of a planned housing estate in Cotswolds Lane, Boldon Colliery.

A NEW family-orientated housing development could be about to be built on former pit land in Boldon.

Members of South Tyneside Council’s planning committee will be recommended to give the go-ahead for 33 new homes on land to the west of Cotswold Lane and north of Hutton Street.

The site was previously developed land used in association with the former Boldon Colliery, which closed in 1982.

But the application, made by Sunderland-based Gladedale Limited and to incorporate two and three-bedroom properties, faces opposition amid calls for the land to be retained for industrial use.

As part of a consultation process, 180 nearby residents were asked their views.

Of those who responded the majority – 93 per cent – were in favour of housing, with only three per cent calling for a commercial development.

An objection to the scheme has been received from Coun Joanne Bell, who represents the Boldon Colliery ward for Labour.

She feels the site should be retained for its “originally planned and allocated industrial purpose, as it would result in job creation.”

A report to the committee says: “Coun Bell believes there were shortcomings in the developer’s pre-application public consultation exercise, in that while pointing out it was currently allocated for employment/commercial use, the developer felt it would be better suited to a high-quality residential development in keeping with the surrounding homes.

“The exercise then simply asked residents for their preferred usage for the land.”

A report to the committee concludes that the use of the land for housing would not remove “a significant amount of industrial land in the borough”.

It adds: “On balance it is considered that the development of the site for non-employment use is acceptable as it would not be economically viable to develop the site for such uses during the next 15 years and also, due to the relatively small scale of the site, it is unlikely that it would contribute significantly to the borough’s overall industrial land supply.”

Members of the council’s planning committee are to meet in the committee suite at South Shields Town Hall on Monday, February 17.

The public can attend.

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