TRANSFORMATION of a run-down area of South Tyneside will move a step closer reality next week with the creation of more than 200 new homes expected to get the go-ahead.
Keepmoat Homes is seeking approval to build 222 new homes, the majority two to four bedroom terraced and semi-detached properties, on land that incorporates the former Circatex factory site and adjacent land at Laygate in South Shields.
It will also see new car parking at the Trinity Medical Centre and St George’s Medical Centre and a new bus lay-by on Western Approach.
The development, which is to include 20 properties to rent, is seen as a key element in the ongoing regeneration of the town’s riverside.
The massive 6.61 hectare site is close to the new state-of-the-art office complex One Trinity Green, the northern half of Frederick Street and Sinclair Meadows, a recently completed sustainable housing development.
The work would also see the demolition of the southern half of Frederick Street, with the former Eureka pub and a number of mid-terraced properties already having being flattened. Members of the council’s planning committee will be recommended to agree the proposal when they meet on Monday.
A report to the committee says: “Before submitting this application, the applicant carried out consultation with local residents, and stakeholders in the community.
“At a recent public consultation event, the main themes and issues that arose related to the type of housing that people would like to see built, with 45 per cent stating family homes and 40 per cent stating they would like to see three bedroom properties within the development.”
The borough’s planning committee to meet from 10am on Monday in the committee suite at South Shields Town Hall.
Members of the public are welcome to attend.