Residents object to Shields flats plan

site of the former Dennis Johnson Centre, Temple Park Road

site of the former Dennis Johnson Centre, Temple Park Road

CONCERNS have been raised that a proposed new apartment complex will “dwarf” neighbouring properties in South Tyneside.

Plans have been revealed to build 18 apartments for rent on the site of the former Denis Johnston Centre in Temple Park Road, South Shields.

The council-owned complex was demolished earlier this year after being deemed surplus to requirements.

Now it is proposed to build a three-storey apartment block on the site, comprising six two- and three-person apartments and 12 one- and two-person apartments.

All the units will be made available at an “affordable rent”.

But the plan has raised the hackles of some residents in Temple Park Road, who have submitted letters of objection.

In a report to the council’s planning committee they claim the building would be “unacceptably high” and would “dwarf the neighbouring properties, at 40ft high, twice the height of the bungalows opposite and higher than the adjacent sheltered accommodation”.

Opponents claim the developer, Northumberland-based Bomarsund Housing Co-operative, had “failed to make the best use of the land”, adding: “The high-density, high-risk development will result in loss of privacy.

“Twelve of the units directly overlook the living accommodation in the bungalows opposite, six have French windows with small balconies, plus corner windows providing a wide vista and resulting in loss of privacy to existing residents.”

However, councillors on the planning committee will be recommended to approve the development when they meet on Monday, January 6, from 10am in the committee suite at South Shields Town Hall.

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