Hetton residents make a stand against plans for 300 new homes

Some of the protesters in front of the field at Hetton, on which it is planned to build 300 homes despite strong opposition by residents and allotment holders
Some of the protesters in front of the field at Hetton, on which it is planned to build 300 homes despite strong opposition by residents and allotment holders
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ANGRY neighbours say they are determined to oppose plans to build hundreds of homes on their doorstep.

As reported in the Echo, an application has been submitted for 300 houses on land at North Road, Hetton.

The field at Hetton on which it is planned to build 300 homes despite strong opposition by residents and allotment holders

The field at Hetton on which it is planned to build 300 homes despite strong opposition by residents and allotment holders

The residential development would create houses with four bedrooms or more with large gardens.

But people living near the site today slammed the plans and vowed to fight them.

They have formed an action group, called Save Our Countryside, to raise objections officially.

Those who are part of the Friends of Hetton Park and Bogs group are also using Sunderland City Council’s website to voice their concerns.

Member Pat Robson, 61, who has lived in Hertford Crescent for 21 years, said: “We will fight to the bitter end about it because we are concerned about the impact this will have on the area.”

The group is worried the development would scare off wildlife, cause problems with waste and sewage and increased traffic on the already busy North Road, known locally as Hazard Lane.

“There are a couple of other new-build developments around Hetton and Houghton that haven’t been sold,” added Mrs Robson.

“Why do they need to build new houses here when they are available for people?”

Richard Baxter, of Leeds-based Turley Associates – the agent that has submitted the application – said: “The application proposes new housing development for the town, which will help to grow the community and bring much-needed investment and jobs in a time of housing shortage.

“It brings the opportunity to provide affordable housing in Hetton Downs and to improve North Road to address local safety concerns.

“We have focused particularly on ensuring the valuable adjoining wetland is safeguarded for the public and the land between the new housing and the nature reserve is retained in its natural state.

“We welcome discussion with neighbouring residents on matters that concern them, leading up to the council’s decision.”

Sunderland City Council has agreed to give people more time to comment about the proposals.

People now have until September 12 to raise objections, or offer support.

After that the application will be heard by councillors.

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