Inspector gives Local Plan the green light

The area off Rake Lane that has been earmarked by North Tyneside Council for future development. GM022216
The area off Rake Lane that has been earmarked by North Tyneside Council for future development. GM022216

Plans to shape the future of North Tyneside have been given the green light.

North Tyneside Council has been working on drawing up a Local Plan to shape and guide future developments in the borough for the next 15 years.

And following an independent public examination late last year, the Government inspector has now given his approval.

His final report states that the plan is sound and can be formally adopted by the local authority.

During the formal consultation period, objections were raised over the proposals and the impact they could have on communities.

Residents living near Murton and Monkseaton were concerned over plans to build up to 3,000 homes on fields between the villages.

They said roads would be unable to cope with the additional traffic, historical features would be lost, an area of natural countryside used by walkers and cyclists would go and there were fears over potential flooding.

The Plan also sets out proposals for 1,500 homes to be built on fields near Killingworth and the potential for two new Metro stations in North Tyneside to support all the new homes.

During the formal consultation period, 10,000 comments were received, 44 public events attended by 1,300 people were held and all 92,000 households written to. An online consultation was also held.

In his report, the inspector has given advice on the right approach to planning for housing growth, supporting the council’s evidence, and agreed with the way public consultation and engagement was carried out by the council.

The plan will now be presented to cabinet at its next meeting on June 12 before full council will be asked to adopt it formally in July.

A council spokesman said: “The plan, which has been informed by public opinion, seeks to prepare for growth and safeguard against planning applications being received which don’t fit in with the borough’s objectives.

“It is a Government requirement for local authorities to produce a Local Plan outlining how land will be used for new homes and jobs over a 15-year period.

“If North Tyneside had failed to draw up a Local Plan by early 2017, the Government would have intervened and produced one on the council’s behalf – potentially giving the authority less control over future development.”

Local residents’ groups, landowners, key stakeholders and council officers were all invited by the inspector to contribute to the hearings.

Following the conclusion of the public examination, the inspector helped guide a range of modifications to the plan based on evidence heard during the process – the majority of which were of a technical nature.

The inspector’s final report, which includes the main modifications, is available to view at http://northtyneside-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal/local_plan/local_plan_examination_news
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