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Appeal lodged over planning go-ahead for flats

CONTROVERSY ... 3 Beach Road, could be converted from a solicitors office and taxi office to studio flats.

CONTROVERSY ... 3 Beach Road, could be converted from a solicitors office and taxi office to studio flats.

AN appeal has been lodged over a controversial proposal to convert a former solicitor’s firm and taxi office in South Tyneside into studio flats.

Members of the council’s planning committee rejected the application for the conversion work at 3 Beach Road in South Shields earlier this year.

Among the the objectors at the time was Impact Family Services, which provides support to victims of domestic violence and abuse.

A spokeswoman said its concern was centred on uncertainty over those likely to occupy the properties in the future.

She said: “The proposal would adversely affect our ability to provide the services we offer.

“Residents living nearby might deter people from using our services. This terrace is predominantly office use and the proposal could result in nuisance to existing buildings, as has been seen further up Beach Road with similar establishments.”

A second objection came from chartered accountants, G.W. Dick and Co.

A spokesman for the firm said: “We object on the grounds of highway safety as two parking spaces are inadequate.

“There is also the potential for noise, disturbance and littering resulting from the occupancy.”

But now an appeal against the planning committee’s decision has been launched with a government planning inspector.

A decision is likely early in the new year.

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