A strategic plan before progress

We would like to bring to the attention the North Tyneside Local Plan, which is currently out for consultation.

The plan is proposing a large amount of housing over the next 15 years on currently open areas of land which will have a detrimental impact on both wildlife and the natural environment, not to mention its impact on residents in terms of loss of amenity, traffic congestion, pollution etc.

We recognise that there is a need for more housing in this borough, in particular social and affordable housing, but the local authority also has a responsibility to maintain and enhance the local natural environment and wildlife corridors.

In relation to the land around Murton in particular, we understand that a large part of this has been allocated as green site in mitigation of other developments elsewhere in the borough. Where this land is is not indicated in the plan or on the associated map.

Before any further development is progressed we think that the authority needs to produce a strategic plan for the green infrastructure, including mitigated land, showing how this will be maintained and enhanced in the midst of all the proposed development.

The Local Plan can be read on the North Tyneside Council website and we urge people to have a look, including the accompanying document Draft Sites Analysis Schedule, which provides information on the relevant sites.

You can make comments on the website or put your comments and concerns in writing and send to the planning dept.

The Green Party is hosting a meeting to discuss issues relating to development on the Murton site in particular on Monday, March 23, at 7.30pm, in New York and Murton Social Club, Brookland Terrace, New York. All welcome to attend.

Penny Remfry

North Tyneside Green Party

Whitley Bay