Fears on homes
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.