Fears on homes

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - FRONT PAGE -

PLANS to build nearly 100 homes on the site of a for­mer school have prompted fears of “grid­lock” from some ob­jec­tors.

The Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre on Junc­tion Road, Nor­ton, was de­mol­ished by Stock­ton Coun­cil in Oc­to­ber 2015 and put on the mar­ket.

Now pro­pos­als to build 96 homes on the site, which used to house the Wil­liam New­ton School, have been sub­mit­ted by Per­sim­mon Homes.

The pro­posal fol­lows plan­ning per- mis­sion to build a cre­ma­to­rium, a new Lidl store and 80 homes fur­ther along Junc­tion Road on the for­mer Blake­ston School site.

An­other 350 had been planned for Sum­merville Farm on Durham Road, spark­ing res­i­dents’ fears of traf­fic chaos along Junc­tion Road.

“The pro­posal for 96 homes on this land is far too many. Junc­tion Road is al­ready an in­cred­i­bly busy route,” said Alexan­der Win­ter­s­gill.

“Does Nor­ton re­ally need an­other hous­ing de­vel­op­ment?”

He is one of sev­eral res­i­dents to have lodged let­ters of ob­jec­tion with Stock­ton Coun­cil and Per­sim­mon.

The mas­ter­plan in­cludes 15 two-bed, 54 three-bed, 23 four-bed and four fivebed homes.

Ac­cess for 86 of the prop­er­ties will be through a new road on to Junc­tion Road, with the re­main­ing 10 served by two pri­vate drives from Junc­tion Road and Fife Road. A cen­tral green space has been al­lo­cated to meet a re­quire­ment for pub­lic open space.

But the space has been la­belled “in­tim­i­dat­ing” and a “to­ken ges­ture”, with some res­i­dents fear­ing it would feel “like you are tres­pass­ing on pri­vate land”.

While Per­sim­mon will use tra­di­tional build­ing ma­te­ri­als, the firms says it would be “in­ap­pro­pri­ate” to repli­cate the lin­ear ur­ban form and struc­ture of the area.

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