Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'Traditional Yet New' Village Plan Upsets Residents

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'Traditional Yet New' Village Plan Upsets Residents

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Byline: Lindsey Sampson Reporter lindsey.sampson@trinitymirror.com

PLANS for a major new housing development in Kirklevington have been met with unease by residents.

A "traditional yet newly-created" village centre with new homes, landscaped green, public square and "significantly improved community facilities" is being proposed for the village, near Yarm.

Tennis courts, a cricket pitch, children's play area, walks and local transport connections, are all part of the proposed development put forward by Teesside developer Jomast.

But homeowners in the village have raised concerns amid worries about added pressure on an already struggling sewerage system, additional traffic, and the spoiling of views.

A public consulation is being held on Monday.

One resident, whose home on St Martin's Way looks on to the fields earmarked for the development, said he would be "objecting in any which way" he could to the plans.

Richard Bendelow, 42, said: "I'd be devastated if this got built.

"I only bought the house six weeks ago and nothing was mentioned. If I backed on to the tennis courts that wouldn't be as bad, but this house was built in a way that all the living part of the house faces the fields. There are huge windows up at the top so there would obviously be a privacy issue there."

Jomast say the housing would "meet a growing need for housing in and around Kirklevington" and that it "would contribute to a Government requirement for each council to significantly boost the supply of housing".

Key views, including the Grade II listed Church of St Martin, would be "identified and protected" and a new village centre with car park would also be created close to Pump Lane.

One man and his wife, who asked not to be named, said they would be keen to learn more about the plans. …

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