PLANNING officers want councillors to give the go-ahead to a controversial four-bedroom detached house on a South Tyneside estate – despite a people’s protest against it.
Hundreds of names have been collected on petitions opposing plans for the home on land in Lincoln Way, Fellgate, Jarrow.
Worried residents say there is already considerable traffic flow in the area, generated by shops and Fellgate Primary School, as well as existing estate residents.
But the application will be recommended for approval when members of the council’s planning committee meet next week.
The site in question was reserved for a public house when the Fellgate estate was built in the late 1960s.
That never transpired, and in 1981 a bid for 10 flats on the site was rejected.
UKIP’S Steve Harrison and Labour ward hopeful Geraldine Kilgour have both supported the residents in their fight.
A report to the committee says: “The proposed development would provide an additional dwelling on an area of open space which is located within a mature and predominantly residential area.
“Although the dwelling would be detached and would have a larger footprint than the existing properties within the vicinity of the site, the form of the building is not considered to be unacceptable within the residential area.”
The Planning Committee is to meet at South Shields Town Hall from 10am on Monday.
Members of the public can attend.