Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Locals' Fury over Plans

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Locals' Fury over Plans

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Byline: SONIA SHARMA

CAMPAIGNERS have told of their disappointment after a developer won an appeal to build 450 homes on a stretch of green land.

Around 6,000 residents, including members of the Holystone Action Group, were against plans to construct the houses at Scaffold Hill Farm, on Whitley Road, in Benton, North Tyneside.

The scheme, by Northumberland Estates, included a GP's surgery, 101 allotments, retail space, play areas, a 100-acre extension to the Rising Sun Country Park, and improvements to infrastructure. The firm said the project would help meet the need for new housing in the borough.

But protestors argued the development would have a major effect on a wildlife corridor and result in loss of open space.

In August, the proposals were rejected by a North Tyneside Council on the grounds of adverse impact on the character of the area and severe impact on traffic.

Northumberland Estates then appealed and a public inquiry was held in February. …

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