Compromise over South Shields housing development labelled ‘a monstrosity’

The development site at Lady's Walk.
The development site at Lady's Walk.

A compromise appears to have been reached over a South Tyneside housing bid which was labelled a “four-storey monstrosity”.

South Tyneside Council’s Housing Ventures project and the Galliford Try Partnership, alongside Leeds-based development company Tully, want to build a four-storey apartment block aimed at the over-55s on land at Lady’s Walk, beside River Drive in South Shields.

Overwhelming and over-dominant

Coun Mark Walsh

But the bid has alarmed residents in nearby Claypit Close, who fear the building will dwarf their homes, take away their privacy and ‘right to light’.

At the council’s planning committee last month, members received the views of homeowner Fiona Ormonde, who said her view towards a cherry and willow tree would be lost forever.

The committee also expressed concern over the scale of the building, with Labour’s Coun Mark Walsh describing it as “overwhelming and over-dominant.” A decision on the application was deferred so that the developer could reconsider it.

Tully has now submitted an amended scheme, reducing the number of apartments from 52 to 50 and also reducing the mass and scale of the building when viewed from Lady’s Walk.

When the committee meets next Monday at South Shields Town Hall from 10am it will be recommended to grant planning permission – subject to 25% provision for affordable homes.