Housing development set to take off at ex-air cadets base

A NEW housing development is set to take off at a former South Tyneside air cadet unit base.

Despite some objections from local residents, councillors have approved the construction of five detached houses at the ex-Jarrow Squadron Air Training Corps base in Belsfield Gardens, Jarrow.

Generations of cadets attended the former wooden unit, which was destroyed by arsonists in May 2005.

Now applicant David Marshall, who lives in Belsfield Gardens, has won planning permission to develop the site, after previously buying the former air cadet HQ, near Monkton Dene Park. The plans will include five detached houses with a new detached double garage block, refurbishment of an existing garage block and widening the existing vehicle access to the site by one metre.

But Mary and Bryan Ayris, of Park View, Jarrow, which overlooks the site, are unhappy about the scheme. In a statement to the council, the couple said: “The proposed visitor parking spaces to the rear of our low garden fence would result in a loss of our privacy and the widening of the access road through the site would mean excessive vehicle speeds and engine noise.”

The couple, who have already put up a brushwood fence to screen the site from their property, also have concerns about wheelie bins at the new development.

But Mr Marshall, 28, told the Gazette: “I have tried to address any concerns and will aim to keep any disruption during the construction phase to an absolute minimum.”

A final decision on the scheme was deferred while the council consulted with Northumbrian Water over potential drainage problems and also looked into refuse collection points.

Council planners say the housing scheme “would not harm the neighbouring amenity of the area”, while both access and parking are considered “acceptable.”

But planners suggest restricting the hours of the construction process to “reasonable hours.”

Approving the application, a planning spokesman said: “The proposed development would provide additional housing on a previously developed site, which is allocated for residential purposes.”

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