Builder to appeal on planning decision

West Moor Residents Association celebrating their success with the planning application to build 360 houses on the land next to White House Farm. Nick Price, Chairman of the residents association.

West Moor Residents Association celebrating their success with the planning application to build 360 houses on the land next to White House Farm. Nick Price, Chairman of the residents association.

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HOUSE builder Bellway is to appeal against North Tyneside Council’s decision to reject an application for a new housing estate at White House Farm.

Councillors last week unanimously refused consent to build on green-belt land adjacent to West Moor, citing concerns about sustainabilty and the effect on wildlife, biodiversity and traffic.

Around 1,000 nearby residents had objected to the proposals and campaigned to see them scrapped.

But Bellway corporate affairs manager Julian Kenyon said: “We are very disappointed that members did not accept their planning officers’ recommendation to grant planning permission.

“Our submission met all the requirements in relation to biodiversity, ecological and transport issues, and addressed the need for new homes in the region.

“We will be appealing the decision and furnishing the Planning Inspectorate with evidence that proves this is a sustainable development.”

But residents opposing the proposal have vowed to continue their fight.

West Moor Residents’ Association has written to Bellway and urged the company to consider an alternative course of action and instead work with residents and wildlife charities to establish the site as a biodiversity and wildlife enclave.

Spokesperson Nick Price said: “We call upon Bellway to recognise the widespread concern and strong evidence of the severely detrimental effects building on this farmland will have on the environment, on wildlife, on people’s access to countryside and on the already-congested road network.

“If an appeal does take place, we will be arguing strongly and providing detailed evidence in support of the council’s decision to refuse planning permission.”