A FORMER air cadet unit building in South Tyneside will lift off to a new era if a planning bid is approved next week.
Generations of cadets, aged 13 to 18, attended Jarrow Squadron Air Training Corps.
But its unit in Belsfield Gardens was wrecked by arsonists who struck at the wooden cadet building in May 2005.
Cadets later moved on to Hebburn.
Now members of the council’s planning committee are to consider a proposal to build two detached houses on the site of the cadet centre and municipal garages.
Three letters of objection to the scheme have been received by residents in Belsfield Gardens, who claim the development is “out of keeping” with the surrounding area.
In a report to Monday’s planning committee, one resident says: “I’m concerned that the proposed dwellings would worsen existing traffic congestion problems within Belsfield Gardens. The size, build type and finish of the dwellings is not in keeping with the semis in the area.”
But a report to the committee recommends its approval, concluding: “The development would provide additional housing on a previously developed site, which is allocated for residential purposes.
“It is considered that the access and parking arrangements are acceptable. The design and indicative materials of the proposed development would respect the character of the area.”
The applicant is Mr D. Marshall, of 13 Belsfield Gardens.
The planning committee is to meet at South Shields Town Hall onMonday from 10am.