Planners keen on 148-home scheme

proposed site for new housing development, Orwell Close, Biddick Hall
proposed site for new housing development, Orwell Close, Biddick Hall

A BID to build 148 new homes in South Tyneside has been recommended for approval by council planning chiefs.

Builders Persimmon Homes North East lodged plans for the development of 90 three-bedroom semi-detached and terraced homes, 28 three-bedroom homes, 21 four-bedroom detached homes and a further nine two-bedroom terraced homes on land to the south of Orwell Close in Biddick Hall, South Shields.

The application will go before South Tyneside Council’s planning committee on Monday.

Planning officers are recommending the scheme be given the go-ahead. South Tyneside Council first agreed to set aside the land for housing in 1999, with nine bungalows for the elderly built on part of the land three years later.

Persimmon Homes submitted an application to build 107 houses in June 2003, but later withdrew it.

Now, a decade on, the firm is finally hoping to win the green light to build.

Council officers are calling for the plan to be approved, provided agreement is secured to ensure the applicant makes contributions towards children’s play facilities.

The builder will also have to agree to ensure that 25 per cent of the properties are affordable housing.

Persimmon Homes sent out fliers to 200 nearby homes, outlining its proposals and encouraging feedback, with a community drop-in session held last September between the applicant and local residents.

Concerns over the proposals, included loss of views, impact on parking levels and the vetting process for affordable housing tenants.

Neighbours have also voiced worries over disruption to residents by building works, an increase in traffic and potential flooding problems due to standing water on the site.