THE second stage in the redevelopment of a former “problem housing” site in Hebburn has received the green light.
This week, members of the council’s planning committee approved plans for 81 two, three and four-bedroom semi-detached and detached homes on a brownfield site off School Street.
The land was formerly occupied by high- rise, vandal-hit tower blocks until the late 1980s.
Approval for the scheme follows completion of nearby High View, where 70 new homes have been built.
Gleeson Homes proposes to create local jobs as well as new apprenticeships for the development.
Sale of the land also proved a boost for the council – adding a much-needed £500,000 to its capital programme coffers.
Committee members were informed that a 1.8-metre fence will segregate the new housing from adjoining Makendon Street.
A report to the committee added: “The proposal provides an attractive redevelopment of this cleared site.”
The application went through unopposed at this week’s meeting, with Coun Ian Harkus, Labour for Hebburn North, describing it as a “good design”.
Coun Alan Kerr, Labour for Monkton, raised the issue of potential flood risk on the site, but he was informed that Northumbrian Water had carried out a full inspection and had raised no concerns.
Ed Alder, regional director for Gleeson, thanked the council’s planning department for their “professionalism and recommendation to approve the scheme”.
The latest housing project continues the ongoing regeneration of Hebburn.
Earlier this year, the council’s planning committee gave its approval for the creation of almost 500 new homes at Monkton Fell, an area east of Lukes Lane.