August 9, 2013 | Forest Gate, North Tyneside News
A north east developer has updated and resubmitted a planning application for a new residential development in a popular part of North Tyneside.
In January this year, Banks Property, part of the Banks Group, put forward plans for 61 two, three and four-bedroom family homes on a 4.5-acre site off Great Lime Road in Palmersville, adjacent to the existing Forest Gate development.
Despite being recommended for approval by North Tyneside Council’s planning officers, the proposals were rejected by the Council’s planning committee in March this year. The scheme was refused on four grounds however, following receipt of legal advice and expert opinion on the refusal matters, the authority have subsequently withdrawn three of the four refusal reasons.
The final refusal reason, relating to ecology matters, was amended and now states that the authority did not have sufficient information in which to determine the scheme on ecology issues.
Additional ecological survey work has been undertaken at the site since early this year and the resulting information is now available to inform a redetermination of the scheme.
Banks has therefore submitted a revised planning application to the authority with the benefit of this additional ecological information and this revised application includes the provision of new and improved habitat creation on the land adjacent to the application site.
The Palmersville project has been developed to help meet an acknowledged need for more family housing across North Tyneside, and would help attract new families to the area, as well as providing options for local young people who want to stay close to where they’d grown up.
It would offer a number of different options for both first time buyers and established homeowners, as well as a 25 per cent allocation of affordable housing.
As part of the project, Durham-based Banks, who were the land developers for the original Forest Gate scheme, would make substantial investments in a number of community improvements, including education and sporting facilities in North Tyneside, local play spaces and wildlife habitats.
Michael Shuttleworth, managing director of Banks Property, says: “We were obviously disappointed to have the Palmersville proposals turned down by the planning committee, especially after the Council’s planning officers had recommended them for approval, and firmly believe that the additional ecological survey work we’ve now made fully address the concerns that were raised earlier this year.
“Our plans for remediating the land on which this scheme would be built have been supported by the Environment Agency, while there were no objections from either the Highways Agency or North Tyneside’s own Highways department in terms of the impact of traffic movements either during or after the development’s construction.
“Over £140,000 would be made available through this project for investment in local school, play spaces, sports facilities and wildlife habitats, and it would also lead to new revenue benefits for local shops and services and a much needed boost for the local construction industry and supply chain in terms of skilled tradesmen and building support.
“There is an increasingly pressing need for more family homes in North Tyneside, and this development would provide new options for people wanting to move into or stay in the area, especially anyone working on the nearby Cobalt Business Park and other areas of concentrated employment.
“We feel this is a well-planned scheme that both addresses a specific local need and would bring forward a wide range of benefits for the local community, and we will be working closely with the local authority around how it might now be taken forward.”
For more information please visit www.banksgroup.co.uk/forest-gate