Hous­ing plan for site of abat­toir

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - NEWS -

PLANS to flat­ten a con­tro­ver­sial East Cleveland abat­toir and re­place it with 69 new homes are be­ing rec­om­mended for ap­proval.

But af­ter years of cam­paign­ing to close the slaugh­ter­house down, some Boos­beck res­i­dents are un­happy at its pro­posed re­place­ment.

And one ob­jec­tor even com­mented: “Wish I had never cam­paigned to close the slaugh­ter­house if this is the al­ter­na­tive.”

Red­car and Cleveland Coun­cil’s reg­u­la­tory com­mit­tee is be­ing ad­vised to grant out­line plan­ning per­mis­sion for the scheme, which would see homes built on the abat­toir site and ad­join­ing pub­lic open space.

Ex­ist­ing chil­dren’s play ar­eas on the open space would be re­lo­cated un­der the scheme, which has been drawn up by de­vel­oper Hes­land Green Ltd.

It fol­lows a long-run­ning and ul­ti­mately suc­cess­ful cam­paign by lo­cals to get the abat­toir, for­merly run by Ba­naras Ha­lal Meats, closed down.

The £3m slaugh­ter­house first opened in 2013 and proved con­tro­ver­sial, with fu­ri­ous vil­lagers launch­ing le­gal bat­tles and mak­ing con­stant ap­peals for coun­cil­lors to close it af­ter be­ing plagued by noise, smells and disruption.

Last year, Red­car and Cleveland Coun­cil made an agree­ment with Hes­land Green where the de­vel­oper would buy the abat­toir and de­velop the site for hous­ing. But when coun­cil­lors met last night, they heard a 143-name pe­ti­tion op­poses the new build­ing plans and re­lo­ca­tion of the park to the far cor­ner of the Pit Yard “due to this pos­ing a con­sid­er­able dan­ger to our chil­dren (both from ab­duc­tion and hav­ing to cross the pro­posed road on the new hous­ing es­tate) as well as an in­con­ve­nience to the res­i­dents of Boos­beck.”

The pe­ti­tion urges the com­mit­tee to re­ject the scheme “in favour of a more de­sir­able de­velop- ment that will en­sure the safety of the chil­dren and the ad­dress­ing of all the con­cerns of the res­i­dents.”

Six ob­jec­tions have also been re­ceived.

How­ever, doc­u­ments sup­port­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion call the abat­toir “a mill­stone around the coun­cil’s neck for some time” and says “the only way to en­sure the ces­sa­tion of this use is through the de­mo­li­tion of the abat­toir build­ings and the com­pre­hen­sive rede­vel­op­ment of the site.”

The pro­posed scheme, it says, “will re­sult in a sus­tain­able res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment that will pos­i­tively trans­form the char­ac­ter and en­vi­ron­ment of Boos­beck whilst pro­vid­ing new hous­ing that will as­sist the coun­cil in main­tain­ing a strong hous­ing sup­ply mov­ing for­ward.”

Five let­ters sup­port­ing the scheme have also been sub­mit­ted.

The com­mit­tee was due to meet at the Red­car and Cleveland Leisure and Com­mu­nity Heart yes­ter­day.

The sit of the pro­posed hous­ing de­vel­op­ment in Boos­beck

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