The first phase of a major residential development in Killingworth is set to move forward after North Tyneside Council’s planning committee gave their support to the plans.

Banks Property and Bellway Homes put forward a joint application for the Killingworth Moor South scheme, which would see 539 new homes built on a 38 hectare site which sits to the south of the B1317, along the south eastern fringe of Killingworth.

The site was allocated by the Council in the 2017 North Tyneside Local Plan Consultation as a key strategic site for meeting the borough’s housing provision needs, with the planning application being recommended for approval by North Tyneside Council’s expert planning officers.

The project will result in an investment of around £100m in the region, with around 150 full time jobs being directly supported per year over the seven-year construction period.

A wide range of contract opportunities would also be made available to locally-based suppliers for all aspects of the development.

“We’re excited to be given the chance to be part of delivering this much-needed project.”

Jamilah Hassan, community relations manager at The Banks Group, says: “Having had a recommendation for approval for the joint planning application put forward by Banks Property and Bellway, we are very pleased that the members of the Council’s planning committee have resolved to approve the application.

“As well as helping to do this by providing more people with the chance to live in the places that they wish to be, the Killingworth Moor South scheme will also offer the opportunity for substantial new community facilities to be created that will make a real, long-term difference to the amenities available to residents.

“This high-quality development will provide affordable homes to help young families get onto the property ladder, as well as more than ten hectares of open green space for people to enjoy and biodiversity enhancements that will benefit wildlife and the local environment.

“It will also directly support an average of around 150 full time jobs per year over the seven-year construction period, while a range of contract opportunities will be made available to locally-based suppliers.

“Having been the land developers of the nearby Forest Gate scheme and its extension, and having been active in the area for more than 20 years, this is an area that we know very well, and we’re excited to be given the chance to be part of delivering this much-needed project.

“We will continue to ensure that local communities are kept fully up-to-date as work progresses and look forward to seeing work start on site as soon as possible.”