Developers draw up new plans for houses

Joanna Stirling and other residents near Churchill Avenue in Whitley Bay who are angry about the loss of open space.'Picture be Jane Coltman
Joanna Stirling and other residents near Churchill Avenue in Whitley Bay who are angry about the loss of open space.'Picture be Jane Coltman

Plans to build homes for elderly and vulnerable people have been significantly altered following feedback from residents.

North Tyneside-based Home Group had drawn up proposals for 12 homes for people with learning disabilities and eight bungalows for elderly or infirm people on land near Charlton Court, Whitley Bay.

Angry residents hit out at the potential loss of open space which has been used by the community.

Now architects have redesigned the scheme ensuring that land will continue to be available for community use.

The new plans are due to be unveiled next week at a further consultation session at the Sports Pavilion, Foxhunters Field, North Preston Road, Whitley Bay, on Tuesday, September 8, from 3pm to 6pm.

Christian Lang, Home Group care and support development manager, said: “We appreciate this is an area of land the local community has used for a long time and we understand that people don’t like change.

“However, we need to balance existing residents’ concerns with the changing needs of the wider community.

“There is a need for more housing for elderly people and vulnerable people with learning disabilities.”

The revised plans now leave more of the original field available for community use. Home Group is also prepared to work with residents to incorporate plans for landscaping or a children’s play area.