Protestors’ fears over house plans

COUNCILLORS will lobby planning officials tomorrow about a controversial housing scheme on a South Tyneside estate.

More than 200 residents have signed a petition in protest at plans for a four-bedroom detached house in Lincoln Way, Fellgate, Jarrow.

Those opposing the plan say it will create a traffic hazard, and that it is out of keeping with neighbouring properties.

Members of South Tyneside Council’s planning committee will take part in a site visit to the estate to look at the area of the proposed development.

But council planning officers have recommended the house plan be approved.

Coun Alan Smith, a Labour member for the Fellgate and Hedworth ward, will voice his opposition to the scheme to officers and members of the planning committee.

He said: “I think something like 240 people have now signed the petition against the plans, and there are great concerns about this scheme.

“The site is on a bend in the road, which is on the approach to a local school and shops, and people feel it will create traffic dangers.

“There is a restricted view and a tight bend in the road, and we feel this house would not be appropriate on that site in Lincoln Way.

“I realise planning officers have recommended the scheme is approved, but I’m very hopeful we can change that recommendation, and I will be putting my views to the planning committee at tomorrow’s site visit, which is scheduled for about 3.15pm, because we wanted to show what traffic is like when children leave two local primary schools.”

Coun Linda Hemmer, UKIP member for Fellgate and Hedworth ward, will also lobby the planning committee. She said: “There is already terrible traffic congestion on the estate, plus two schools, a community centre and shops in the vicinity.

“And there should be no more housing development on Fellgate until we get the long-term flooding issues on the estate resolved.”

Coun Geraldine Kilgour helped lead opposition to the plan before being elected as a Labour member for the Fellgate and Hedworth ward at last month’s local elections.

But she is now a member of the planning committee, and must declare an interest on the issue.

The Lincoln Way site was originally reserved for a public house when the Fellgate estate was built in the late 1960s.

But that never materialised, and a bid in 1981 for 10 flats on the site was rejected.

A report to Monday’s planning committee, which previously deferred a decision, states: “The proposed development would provide an additional dwelling on an area of open space which is located within a mature and predominantly residential area.”

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