Plan for 250 new homes ‘unnecessary’ says councillor

UNNECESSARY: Coun. Colin Wakefield, who is concerned about the plans to build houses on land between the Russell Foster Football picthes and The Beehive pub, Houghton Road, Newbottle.
UNNECESSARY: Coun. Colin Wakefield, who is concerned about the plans to build houses on land between the Russell Foster Football picthes and The Beehive pub, Houghton Road, Newbottle.
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PROPOSALS to create hundreds of homes in a Wearside community were today labelled “unneccessary”.

Persimmon Homes is looking to create 250 new houses on land between the Russell Foster Football Centre and The Beehive Pub, in Newbottle, Houghton

Coun. Colin Wakefield who is concerned about the plans to build houses on land between the Russell Foster Football picthes and The Beehive pub, Houghton Road, Newbottle

Coun. Colin Wakefield who is concerned about the plans to build houses on land between the Russell Foster Football picthes and The Beehive pub, Houghton Road, Newbottle

Although a formal application detailing the bid has not yet been handed in, it is expected to submitted for consideration soon.

A public consultation was held at the football centre to get residents’ views on the plans.

However, the idea has been slammed by Copt Hill ward councillor Colin Wakefield, who thinks the area is already oversaturated with housing after a number of applications were approved in recent years.

“I just don’t see the need for this, it’s unnecessary,” said Coun Wakefield.

“If it goes ahead we will be losing out on agricultural and employment land in favour of more housing, but we are inundated with homes now.

“The traffic issue in Newbottle is also a problem and I think this will make it worse too.

“Coaley Lane (the road next to the proposed development site) is a busy area anyway and this won’t improve things.

“I also worry about how many school places we have for children in the families who will be moving into these homes.”

Recent housing developments in the Houghton area have seen plans by Esh Developments for more than 500 properties approved at the Philadelphia Complex, while Persimmon is also building on land off Gillas Lane.

John Eynon, deputy managing director for Persimmon Homes North East, said: “We are following standard planning guidance in carrying out this public consultation exercise.

“This provides us with an opportunity to consider the views of any person attending/providing comments to produce the final planning application document.

“This is then submitted to the planning authority for them to carry out the relevant planning process.”