Residents speak out over housing bid for conservation spot

Residents say the new housing plan is not suitable for a conservation area.

Residents say the new housing plan is not suitable for a conservation area.

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RESIDENTS have joined forces to fight against housing plans at a South Tyneside beauty spot.

Stella Property Investments’ bid to build five contemporary, executive town houses, off Church Lane, in Whitburn, will be heard at town hall planning meeting next week.

We have collected 736 names on a petition and over 50 letters of objection

John Shield

Villagers opposed to the size of the three-storey houses - which they say will not be in keeping with the heritage of the conservation area - and will be opposing the application at the South Tyneside Council planning committee meeting on Monday.

A petition with over 700 names and 50 letters of objection will be brought along to the meeting.

Signatures have been gathered not only from people in Whitburn, but from people outside of the village, who walk in the area.

John Shield, who will be speaking out against the proposal on Monday, said: “We have collected 736 names on a petition and over 50 letters of objection.

“New National Planning Policy places a legal duty on councils and they should only approve buildings that preserve or enhance the character of a conservation area.

“It is the view of everyone in the village that this building would destroy the character and appearance of the heart of the conservation area.”

“I will be speaking against the application at the meeting.”

Resident have even commissioned an architect to produce an impression of how the construction will impact upon the area area.

Stella Property Investment has said it is disappointed there is negativity surrounding the scheme and says it is following planning protocol.