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Flood fears – neighbours rage against plans for new housing development

Coun Gemma Taylor and Coun Billy Turton (left) with some of the residents who are objecting to plans to build on land that is part of a flood plain and important wildlife area.

Coun Gemma Taylor and Coun Billy Turton (left) with some of the residents who are objecting to plans to build on land that is part of a flood plain and important wildlife area.

RESIDENTS have come out in force against plans to create 70 homes on their doorstep – claiming it could cause flooding misery.

Persimmon Homes North East hopes to build the houses in a field off Redburn Row in Chilton Moor, near Fence Houses.

However, residents fear there will be huge increases in traffic and further flooding problems, should the scheme get the go ahead.

They have enlisted the help of Houghton Labour councillors Gemma Taylor and Billy Turton to have their voices heard.

More than 30 people have already written to Sunderland City Council objecting to the plans.

Coun Taylor said: “The residents don’t want this and I’m campaigning with them because there are a lot of issues and concerns.

“They’ve had huge problems with high water levels following flooding during the past few years, and if homes are built it will only make it worse.

“When it rains heavily now it’s a complete flood plain and a couple of years ago the road next to the field had to be closed things were that bad.

“There’s also the issue of building on a green area and the fact it’s a few metres away from a special area of conservation.”

Atherton Drive resident Jan Page, said: “This is a marginal piece of land, which has been extremely valuable in its current role of flood plain and wildlife habitat for more than 80 years.

“As a building plot it will exacerbate the existing flooding problems in the area and destroy yet another piece of green land. Please let us try to preserve what areas we have left to pass on to the next generation.”

John Eynon, deputy managing director for Persimmon Homes North East, said: “A public consultation exercise was carried out prior to the submission and we have submitted documentation accordingly, to try and answer the questions raised.

“The matter is now running through its proper planning consultation process with the local authority.”

A consultation over the proposals finished yesterday.

l Another proposal has also been submitted to create 27 homes south of Redburn Road, near to where Persimmon hopes to build.

Dixon Dawson Architects have put in an outline application for the scheme, on which a consultation ends on September 3.

 

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