Student flats plan looks like plain sailing

CONVERSION PLAN ... 277 Laygate in South Shileds.

CONVERSION PLAN ... 277 Laygate in South Shileds.

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PLANS for a new flats complex to accommodate students from South Shields Marine School look to be ship-shape.

Early next month members of the council’s planning committee will consider an application for the change of use of a house at 277 Laygate, South Shields.

The plan is to convert the property into a ‘house of multiple occupancy’, with the seven bedrooms being used to cater for marine students and “professional people”.

The committee will be recommended to approve the application when it meets in South Shields Town Hall on Monday, September 1, from 10am.

Concerns that part of South Shields town centre could become a ‘bedsit land’ emerged last year.

It led the planning committee to reject a bid for 13 studio flats in Beach Road, South Shields, over fears it could become a ‘doss house’.

The decision came after claims were made that ‘homes of multiple occupancy’ in the street were lowering the tone of the area.

But because of the nature of the Laygate application, no residents have raised objections to the plan.

A report to the committee says: “According to the information available to us, the rooms are to be let to Marine School students and professional people only, and not to such tenants that may cause disruption in the neighbourhood of the property itself.

“The community safety team is content with the proposed development.

“There have been no objections or representations in response to the neighbour consultation undertaken.

“The submitted plans demonstrate that the application is of a suitable size to accommodate the proposal that is being sought.

“The nearest larger licensed house in multiple occupation is located in Havelock Street, on the western side of Frederick Street, which is more than 230 metres away.

“The proposal would not therefore lead to an over-concentration of large houses in multiple occupation within its locale.”

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