RESIDENTS have reacted angrily to plans to demolish a former school and build new houses in its place.
Plans have been submitted to North Tyneside Council by Bett Homes to demolish the former Hadrian Education Centre in Addington Drive, Wallsend, to make way for 66 homes.
The proposals also include spaces for 169 cars, new access roads leading into the site and landscaping works.
Bett Homes is hoping to build six two-bedroom properties, 29 three-bedroom houses and 31 four-bedroom houses in a mix of two and two-and-a-half storey buildings.
It also intends providing 17 affordable houses.
However, the Sunderland-based firm’s proposals have sparked opposition among residents, triggering ten objections.
All the objections claim the proposals would increase the risk of injury or death for pedestrians as there would be more traffic on the roads. They add that access to the proposed site would be inadequate as it would be shared with the entry to Hadrian Park Primary School.
Residents also claim the estate is already overpopulated and that there is no need for more houses in the current economic climate.
Other objections are that the proposed site was not earmarked for housing in the council’s core strategy and that the development would lead to a loss of green space.
One objector wrote: “What price is being put on our children’s lives?
“I am sure that there would be far more suitable sites in the borough, ones that are not accessible via a primary school.”
The 2.29-hectare site, pictured, is owned by the council, but it is looking to sell it after declaring it surplus to requirements.
Signet Planning, the agent acting on behalf of Bett Homes, says the sale of the land and construction of the building could help provide funding for a new community centre at a future date.
A decision on the application is expected to be made by the authority’s planning committee by March.
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