Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Petition launched against flats plan

LIBERAL Democrats in Whickham, Gateshead, have launched a petition against plans to build flats on the site of a garage on busy Fellside Road.

Three years ago, Gateshead Council granted outline planning permission for housing on the site of Fellside Road garage.

The granting of outline permission means that, in principle, housing can go on the site but a further detailed application is needed before any homes to be built. This application has now been received by Gateshead Council’s planners.

“When this site was first considered for housing three years ago, the original application was for 16 flats,” said Councillor Jonathan Wallace. “Gateshead Council granted outline permission instead.

“The new application is for an even higher number and we feel that neighbouring bungalows will be overshadowed by this development if it goes ahead. There could also be a loss of surrounding green area.”

The application is expected to come to Gateshead’s Planning Committee in the early New Year. In the meantime Councillors Jonathan Wallace, Marilynn Ord and Peter Craig have launched a petition against the application.

Over the weekend they collected over 200 signatures calling for the plans to be rejected.

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