‘Arrest development at historic police centre’

PROTEST ... resident Ged Dixon outside Henry Studdy House, Field Terrace, Jarrow.
PROTEST ... resident Ged Dixon outside Henry Studdy House, Field Terrace, Jarrow.

OPPOSITION is mounting against plans to demolish a historic former police training centre in South Tyneside.

An application was submitted for an apartment complex on the site of Henry Studdy House in Bede Burn Road, Jarrow.

Local residents want to preserve the building, which is about 100 years old, and fear the plans will spark traffic congestion and parking issues.

They are also opposed to plans to cut down old trees on the site to make way for nine two-bedroom apartments.

Residents have written letters of objection to the scheme, after the submission of a formal planning application to South Tyneside Council.

Local businessman Ged Dixon, of Field Terrace, who has lived next door to Henry Studdy House for more than 20 years, said: “I believe the size and scale of the apartments are totally out of keeping with the area.

“I think it will also create parking problems and block out the light for our property.”

Last year, residents held a meeting after the scheme was first mooted and those living near the site remain determined to block the plans.

There is also a general determination to preserve the building, which local people see as a piece of “old Jarrow.”

Mr Dixon added: “I have written to the council, objecting, and I believe other residents have done the same.”

Roz Slater, of Roberts Terrace, Jarrow, said: “I have written a letter of objection to the scheme, which I believe will create problems for our more vulnerable local residents and spark parking issues.

“Myself and other residents intend speaking when it gets to the planning committee.”

Originally a training centre for police cadets, Henry Studdy House was home to security and accountancy firms and a record company in recent years, but has been empty for 18 months.

The plan has been submitted by IDS Fire and Security Ltd, of Metro Business Park, Gateshead, but no one at the firm was available for comment.

A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said the application will be considered at a date still to be fixed.

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