Work starts on new South Shields homes as ‘bedsit land’ fears are eased

'OVER THE MOON' ... Kerry Brown at St Michael's View.
'OVER THE MOON' ... Kerry Brown at St Michael's View.

WORK is expected to start tomorrow to convert a former South Tyneside care home into a house of multiple occupation, after fears the plan would create a “bedsit land”’ were allayed.

Browns Letting Agency, in South Shields, submitted a planning application to change the scandal-hit St Michael’s View, in the town’s Westoe area, into a house of multiple occupation.

I’d invite any neighbours with any concerns to come to us and we will address them.

Kerry Brown, applicant

Yesterday, members of the council’s planning committee agreed the bid to section-off the building to create eight separate houses, each offering between four and 11 bedrooms.

Some neighbours expressed fears that tenants they would regard as “undesirable” could move into the complex.

Now, applicant Kerry Brown has once again addressed those concerns and assured objectors they have nothing to worry about. Mrs Brown said the premises would be run the same way as the company’s other house in multiple occupation, Wyvestow Lodge, in nearby Sunderland Road, which houses people in employment, mature students and the retired.

She added: “We are over the moon that planning permission has been granted. It has been a long process.

“We will be starting the work immediately and we aim to have three of the houses finished in time for the September intake at the college.

“One of the objectors did visit Wyvestow with the planning committee and said he did not expect what he saw there. I’d invite any neighbours with any concerns to come to us and we will address them.”

Coun Mark Walsh, Labour for Horsley Hill, said: “I know the site has become a focus for antisocial behaviour. I have seen Wyvestov Lodge and I have got no problems with this application.”

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