Housing plan for site of abattoir
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