Residents hand over petitions against housing plans

Jean Maude, Bernie Stephenson and Margaret Gracie hand over the final petition against plans to build new housing near Murton as part of the North Tyneside Local Plan.
Jean Maude, Bernie Stephenson and Margaret Gracie hand over the final petition against plans to build new housing near Murton as part of the North Tyneside Local Plan.

Residents have hit out at plans to build thousands of homes on green sites in North Tyneside.

Two residents group representing Murton Village and the Park Lane estate in Shiremoor have submitted petitions against North Tyneside Council’s plans to build 3,000 houses around the village.

Residents fear a loss of amenity, increased flooding risk, traffic congestion, noise and pollution

Albert Boyd, chairman of North Tyneside East 38 Degrees election group

The proposals are included in the council’s draft Local Plan, with objections raised at a community meeting last week.

Albert Boyd, chairman of North Tyneside East 38 Degrees election group, said: “Residents fear a loss of amenity, increased flooding risk, traffic congestion, noise and pollution, the loss of wildlife, and the potential loss of green infrastructure.

“Although the overall feeling of people at the meeting was to leave the land as a green space, there were also creative and innovative ideas proposed about how the site could be developed to enhance the environment for residents.”

The Local Plan aims to shape the future of the borough over the next 17 years, helping to protect open spaces from over-development.

Council officers had already removed plans for potential housing on Whitley Bay Ice Rink while reduced the number of homes proposed at Murton and Killingworth Moor following feedback last year.

The Local Plan, which could be formally agreed next summer at the earliest, sets out how North Tyneside will develop until 2032 and approved housing development sites, reducing the likelihood of controversial sites being approved on appeal.

The latest proposed Local Plan sets out where 10,000 new homes could be built, as well as plans already approved for 5,000 new homes.

There will now be a maximum of 4,500 new homes across the Murton and Killingworth Moor sites following feedback from residents.

Speaking earlier this year, the council’s planning policy manager Neil Cole said: “This is about building quality places for people to live.

“We don’t want to build ghetto neighbourhoods, we want to build neighbourhoods and communities that will last a number of generations.”