New homes and road are given green light


Work could start next year building new houses on a former colliery after planning approval was granted.

North Tyneside Council’s planning committee gave the green light to the plans for 75 homes and new access road on the former Bill Pit Colliery site in Longbenton, adjacent to the Blue Flames Sporting Club.

Officials at Muse Developments say they are delighted their plans to transform a brownfield site have been approved, with Taylor Wimpey North East to build the mix of two, three, four and five-bedroom homes.

The decision has also been welcomed by the sports club, who will receive a financial boost from the developers.

Club director Steve Crown said: “To secure the use of the land where the road will be built, Muse pledged a significant sum of money to Blue Flames, which is to be invested directly into the club.

“This investment will both secure the club’s finances and enable improvements to the current facilities.”

Enhancements to Blue Flames include a new all-weather cricket wicket, refurbishment of the football changing rooms, improvements to the bowling club facilities, additiona drainage and new perimeter fencing.

The club will also be able to repay a substantial bank loan.

Simon Dew, senior development surveyor at Muse Developments, said: “We’re delighted with the Committee’s decision to approve our application.

“We’re confident we’ve found a viable solution to regenerate a disused part of Longbenton whilst also going someway towards safeguarding the future of a community organisation that provides excellent sporting facilities to people in the area.”