Jarrow building to be demolished to make way for flats

EMPTY ... Henry Studdy House.
EMPTY ... Henry Studdy House.

THE demolition of a century-old building, which once housed a police training centre in South Tyneside, has been confirmed.

The now-vacant Henry Studdy House, in Bede Burn Road, Jarrow, is to make way for a new eight two-bedroom apartment block.

The decision to flatten it came despite objections from residents.

Concerns centred on the demolition of an attractive building and the possible increased traffic congestion and parking problems.

Those concerns were echoed when members of the council’s planning committee met this week.

But it was given the go-ahead as the application meets necessary planning regulations amid a need for two-bedroom apartments in the area.

Coun Geraldine Kilgour, who represents Fellgate and Hedworth for Labour, said: “Planning policy doesn’t support my views, however, I would like to express my concern over why for financial reasons the existing building can’t be converted.

“I think it is very sad that we are likely to lose such a lovely building.”

Coun Alan Kerr, Labour for Monkton, added: “I’m opposed to this application, the main reason being the parking.

“I think it is insufficient. We have eight two-bedroom properties and just 11 spaces. There is already a parking problem within that area.

“I don’t think enough thought has been put into the parking.”

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

The plan was submitted by IDS Fire and Security Ltd, of Metro Business Park, Gateshead.