"Daft" plans for new shops are rejected

Controversial plans to build a rank of shops next to a roundabout have been thrown out because of the impact it would have on residents.

Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 8:00 am
Plans for new shop units near Holystone roundabout were rejected.

Furious residents condemned “daft” plans from Northumberland Estates which hoped to build six shops and 50 parking spaces next to Holystone roundabout.

In a report to the authority’s planning committee, council planners recommended the scheme be permitted.

The report said the shops would have “great access to the A19”, and is within close proximity to Northumberland Park Metro Station and Cobalt Business Park.

It added the land has been available for a decade and has had no other interest.

Despite this North Tyneside Council’s planning committee defied its own officers to throw out the scheme deciding it was an inappropriate size for the site and had an unacceptable impact on existing residents.

Angry locals submitted 33 objections, sharing fears about HGV traffic, the safety of local kids, and congregating louts.

One said it was “a daft idea”, and raising fears about noise.

“The proposed plan has obviously not been thought through.

“It is such a daft idea to have retails units that close to residential areas.

“It will increase the level of noise and pollution going through Edmund Road into the estate. It will be unsafe for residents to have the increased level of traffic coming in.”

Another raised fears about HGV traffic putting local children at risk and youths gathering outside the proposed shops.

They wrote: “The thoughts of HGV’s running through our estate at all hours is simply unacceptable. We have no idea what these retail units will consist of and whether if at all they will benefit our estate.

“We do not want kids hanging around at all hours (which will happen) if some of these units are giving the go ahead to trade until 10pm.

“I do not want HGV’s running through our estate where children play. This is an accident waiting to happen.”

Another warned that people walking their children to school would be in danger.

“I fear for residents that walk through Edmund road, especially those for the school run,” they added.

However, one resident supported the idea, saying it would be good to have the shops close to hand.

Northumberland Estates previously defended the proposals, saying that the small rank of shops would become a “valuable community asset” and because of their closeness would encourage residents out of their cars.