Housing plan for field site

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HOUSES could be built on a Wearside field after a planning application was submitted.

A proposal for residential development in North Road, Hetton, has been handed in to Sunderland City Council.

However, some residents have already voiced concerns about the plans, submitted by Leeds-based Turley Associates, with some saying the site needs to be conserved for wildlife.

The application is for a residential development, but no further details have been given.

Ruth Rushworth, of Louvain Terrace, Hetton, wrote on the council website: “I strongly object to this area being used for residential development.

“This area has been redeveloped out of wasteland with trees and plants. It is an area of natural beauty and of scientific interest.

“The pond on the site has rare newts insitu.

“The local community use this area for walks and rambling.

“It is one of the last areas of natural habitats for wild animals and rare plants left in this area.”

Bob Scott, who lives in Rutland Street, wrote: “The area has, presently, no access to public transport, pedestrian access is far from ideal and is some distance from amenities, therefore all journeys will be by car.”

David Goff, of Hazard Grange, wrote that he is worried about the potential impact the new housing would have on traffic in the area.

Mr Goff wrote: “North Road has increasing traffic problems due to its use as a thoroughfare for large container lorries and other commercial traffic as well as commuters accessing the A1, A19, A690 and the local industrial estates.

“This development potentially adds to the danger of such a small road accommodating this level and kind of traffic for which it couldn’t have been designed.

“This development will introduce yet another access on to an already congested and dangerous road.”

Turley Associates declined to comment on the proposals when contacted by the Echo.

Factors such as the risk of flooding, sustainability and how suitable the plans are in relation to transport will all be considered as part of the application.

The deadline for objections to the plans is August 31 and will be heard by Sunderland City Council at a later date.

Are you one of those who could be affected by the proposed development? Call our newdesk on 501 7208.