Homeowners oppose tree-felling which would leave them with view of ‘monstrosity’

TREE VIEW ... Fiona Ormande in her back garden.
TREE VIEW ... Fiona Ormande in her back garden.

PROTESTING homeowners in South Tyneside fear a “cherry tree view” from their back gardens will soon be replaced by a “four-storey monstrosity”.

People living in Claypit Close, South Shields, currently look out from the rear of their homes towards a cherry and willow tree.

But both trees will be felled if plans are approved for a four-storey apartment block aimed at the over-55s on land at Lady’s Walk, beside the town’s River Drive.

Residents fear the complex will also deprive them of their right to light and destroy the scenic view they currently enjoy.

The future of the application, by South Tyneside Housing Ventures and Galliford Try Partnership, currently hangs in the balance.

Earlier this week members of the council’s planning committee deferred a decision until receiving more information on the plans from the applicants.

One of the objectors to the scheme is Fiona Ormonde, 48, of Claypit Close.

She said: “We chose to live here because of the view. We currently look out at a beautiful cherry tree, but if this is approved it will be a four-storey monstrosity instead.

“Now we are being told that no-one has a right to a view, apparently.

“We’re not against the development. It is just the scale of it which will create overshadowing of our properties in what has always been a quiet street.”

A report to the planning committee said: “A cherry tree and willow tree will be lost as part of the scheme. The willow tree is in poor condition and new planting will mitigate the loss of this tree.

“The cherry tree is in good condition but its removal is necessary as a result of revisions to the layout.”

Housing Ventures did not wish to comment.

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