Housebuilder Bellway has submitted a planning application to provide family and affordable homes on a derelict brownfield site in North Tyneside.
The firm said the development on the old industrial site on the eastern edge of Killingworth will significantly improve an area that has long suffered from anti-social behaviour, including vandalism and fly tipping.
The site, known as Killingworth Stores, was originally developed in the late 1930s as a Ministry Of Defence munitions storage facility, vehicle depot and cadet training centre. The site was then used by the NHS as a storage and distribution facility but has been redundant for a number of years.
Bellway’s planning proposal allows for the development of 127 new homes a new parkland area and extensive landscaping, including planting of over 200 extra trees, new wetlands and new areas of open space. This will significantly improve the landscape and ecology of the area.
The development would further buoy the Newcastle firm’s order book, a month after it announced it had almost doubled its forward order book in a year to £670m as it continues to be buoyed by the government’s Help to Buy scheme.
The firm has also made significant investments in land in recent years – some £400m on land and land creditors since last August.
Group planning manager at Bellway Stephen Litherland said of Killingworth site: “This is a brownfield, previously developed site that has remained abandoned for many years.
“The buildings are in a serious state of disrepair posing a significant health and safety risk as they continue to degrade. Of particular concern is the principal building which has partially collapsed.
“The proposed housing development will occupy 100% of the brownfield/previously developed land and is exactly the type of development that is encouraged through national and local planning policy.”
The application has come up against opposition from potentially neighbouring residents who have launched a ‘Save Killingworth Moor’ campaign, demanding that North
Tyneside Councillors deny planning permission on the grounds that it would increase traffic pressure and endanger wildlife.
Litherland added: “We have heard the concerns from local residents regarding the impact of additional traffic on the local area. We have fully considered their views and have proven that the amount of traffic created by the new housing development would not cause any significant impact on the local roads.
“It must also be remembered that the site has a lawful ‘storage and distribution’ use which could be re activated without the need for planning permission creating large scale traffic movements being mainly HGV’s capable of operating at any time of the night or day.”
Arising from the development, Bellway will be making a significant contribution towards education funding and will also fund improvements to local roads. In particular, traffic calming and other general highway improvements will be delivered within Killingworth village and the surrounding area.