Residents fight plans for lodge

COVERSION LINED UP ... Grosvenor Lodge in Grosvenor Road, South Shields.
COVERSION LINED UP ... Grosvenor Lodge in Grosvenor Road, South Shields.

PLANS to convert a former residential care home in South Tyneside into flats have raised the hackles of neighbours.

South Tyneside Council approved an application in December to transform historic Grosvenor Lodge in South Shields into seven residential apartments.

Now the developer, South Shields-based Key West One, has submitted an application to extend the Grosvenor Road building’s roof and add seven roof-lights.

That has angered neighbours in Grosvenor Road, Tynedale Road, the Broadway and St George’s Avenue, as it is “unacceptable overdevelopment”, they say. Members of the council’s planning committee will consider the bid when they meet at South Shields Town Hall next Monday.

In a report to the committee, a spokesman for the objecting residents says: “The original application had a design which was unattractive and did nothing to enhance the original historic building, but the amended plans give the extension unacceptable dominance and interfere with the historic character of this stretch of Grosvenor Road, which is adjacent to the Westoe Village conservation area.

“The amended new building is considerably larger than the single-storey one approved.

“The size of the amended version, along with its proximity to some of the premises on the north side of Tynedale Road, will have a significant visual impact and result in unacceptable dominance.”

In response, a council report plays down the historic nature of the building.

It adds: “The property is a large attractive Edwardian villa that retains many period features, both internally and externally.

“However, the property is not a listed building, is not included on the council’s local list of historic assets and does not lie in a conservation area.

“Regarding the objectors’ concerns about overdevelopment of the site, the footprint of the extension has not been increased and is still considered in proportion to the original building.”

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