Hundreds join fight to block housing development in conservation area

John Shield handing oevr a 500 name petition to Coun.Tracey Dixon which objects to the propsed building plans in Church Lane, Whitburn.
John Shield handing oevr a 500 name petition to Coun.Tracey Dixon which objects to the propsed building plans in Church Lane, Whitburn.
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HUNDREDS of people have added their voice to a campaign calling for a rethink on a housing development.

Residents in Whitburn say they support the redevelopment of land off Church Lane, but believe the five contemporary town houses are wrong for the plot and are out of keeping with the conservation area.

We obviously challenge the five houses and also endeavour to reduce the development to two storeys.

John Shield

A petition against a previous application gained 281 names, but one in opposition for the new proposals by Stella Property Investments has attracted 530 signatures.

Those behind the effort say they have the backing of English Heritage, North of England Civic Trust and the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

Of the 41 letters sent to South Tyneside Council, three back the construction of the three-storey houses.

John Shield, a warden of the nearby parish church, said: “Those against this proposal for five houses agree with that person about the dilapidation, but this could also be rectified by a different development, which hopefully would be more in keeping with the conservation area.”

The petition has been handed to Whitburn and Marsden Councillor Tracey Dixon.

A statement from Boldon-based Stella, which is working with Fitz Architects on the plan, said: “At all times Stella Property Investments Ltd have acted in a thoroughly professional manner and are meticulously following the South Tyneside Council planning protocol in order to achieve a successful planning consent and will continue to do so.”