FEARS that part of South Shields town centre could become a ‘bedsit land’ have re-emerged.
Late last year, members of South Tyneside Council’s planning committee rejected a bid for 13 studio flats in Beach Road, South Shields, over fears it could become a “doss house”.
The decision came after concerns were raised that ‘homes of multiple occupancy’ in the street were lowering the tone of the area.
Now it has emerged that the applicant, Mr S. Dronfield, from Corbridge, Northumberland, has lodged an appeal against the decision with a government planning inspector.
It’s a move which worries Coun Gladys Hobson, Labour representative for West Park and a planning committee member.
She is hoping the inspector will uphold the original decision, saying: “The last thing we want is a potential doss house so close to the town hall.
“There are already real parking problems in that area, and the development has no parking provision.
“It proposes to cram a lot of flats into a narrow house, the narrowest in the street.
“Solicitors and other businesses in the area are against this.
“The applicant is from Corbridge. They don’t have to live with this on their doorstep.
“I hope the inspector endorses out decision.
“I believe it is a significant over-development of the site.”
An objection to the proposal was also received from a service in Beach Road supporting victims of domestic violence – Impact Family Services – claiming the conversion would “deter people from using our services”.