New homes plan for former South Tyneside ‘war zone’

Empty properties in Eskdale Drive, Jarrow, awaiting demolition last year.
Empty properties in Eskdale Drive, Jarrow, awaiting demolition last year.

Scores of new homes may be created on a former South Tyneside ‘war zone’ if planners give the go ahead.

South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust aims to build 36 dwellings on land within the Lakes Estate in Jarrow.

Demolition plan for Eskdale Drive, lakes Estate.

Demolition plan for Eskdale Drive, lakes Estate.

The plot will be bounded by Eskdale Drive, Coniston Drive,Lodore Grove, Kirkstone Avenue and Grasmere Avenue.

Residents who previously lived in the pre-fabricated homes, which were demolished last year, likened the area to a war zone as many of the buildings were boarded up and had fallen into a state of disrepair.

If the plans, which have been submitted to South Tyneside Council’s planning department, are approved, a mixture of one to three bedroom flats, bungalows, semi-detached and terraced properties, would be created.

The planning statement reads: “The proposed development will provide a significant contribution towards the delivery of the residential regeneration of the Lakes Estate and South Tyneside Housing Ventures Limited’s vision for the area.

“The proposal is considered to be of an appropriate scale and massing within the context of its surroundings. Sympathetic and appropriate high quality materials, structures and hard and soft landscaping have been incorporated into the designs.”

Former residents had been due to have their homes revamped as part of the Decent Homes Standard Programme but a survey carried out by contractors Keepmoat found the properties - which were built at the end of the Second World War and were expected to last for twenty years - were in worse condition than first anticipated.

South Tyneside Council’s Cabinet agreed in 2015 year to demolish the 43 homes.

Comments can be made on the proposals until April 19, by visiting www.southtyneside.gov.uk