Residents claim infrastructure at breaking point with more than 2,000 new homes planned in Yarm and Eaglescliffe

Darlington and Stockton Times: During demolition: Tall Trees During demolition: Tall Trees

PLANS for 330 homes on the site of a former hotel look set to be approved by councillors when they meet next Wednesday (December 18).

Planning officers from Stockton Borough Council have recommended that the proposals for 330 family and executive homes on the former Tall Trees site in Yarm are approved.

Public open spaces, including football and cricket pitches, play areas, allotments and ponds are also proposed as part of the application by businessman Javed Majid.

About fifteen per cent of the homes will be devoted to affordable housing and the scheme would also include sustainable measures including triple glazed windows, energy efficient lighting, rainwater and grey water recovery and solar panels.

But, if approved, the homes would mean there are over 1,000 houses to be built on either side of Green Lane, in Yarm.

Campaign group Save Stockton South said the extra homes would put too much pressure on the roads around Yarm and expressed concerns that part of the development was over a high pressure gas main.

Objections were also received from local parish councils with High & Low Worsall Parish Council raising fears about the amount of developments being planned around Yarm and the pressure it would put on infrastructure, in particular the roads.

Kirklevington and Castle Leavington Parish Council also objected, saying: “The developer of the Tall Trees has stated... that the change from the previously approved mix of housing and a hotel to the currently proposed 330 houses will have very little effect upon the traffic along Green Lane.

'If the statement is viewed as accurate by Stockton Borough Council how have the figures been arrived at?”

Councillor Maureen Rigg, who represents Eaglescliffe on Stockton Borough Council, also registered an objection.

She questioned the accuracy of traffic surveys, which showed little impact from the homes, and said: “The junctions and Yarm High Street cannot cope with further increases according to Stockton’s own traffic model commissioned last year."

There were also 54 objections received from residents in Yarm, Eaglescliffe and Ingleby Barwick.

Over 2,000 homes have been approved recently in the Stockton South area, including 370 off Green Lane, by Yarm rail station, 350 at Morley Carr Farm, almost opposite, and a “retirement village” at Leven Bank, which includes 350 houses and a 100-bedroom home.

More than 1,000 homes will be built at sites in Eaglescliffe, including 850 at Allens West.

Residents are concerned that schools, health centres, and roads will struggle to cope with all the new homes, and that flooding, noise and air pollution will worsen.

But Stockton Borough Council claims it has a shortage in the five-year housing supply that is required by central government, and needs to approve homes to meet the shortfall.

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3:41pm Tue 10 Dec 13

hullgodfreyshire says...

I bet there is'nt a single one of these house up for rent.
I bet there is'nt a single one of these house up for rent. hullgodfreyshire

5:50pm Sat 21 Dec 13

D&SGent says...

Sir, you tell us that . . .

"Plans for 330 homes on the site of a former hotel look set to be approved by councillors when they meet next Wednesday."

"Over 2,000 homes have been approved recently in the Stockton South area . . . more than 1,000 homes will be built at sites in Eaglescliffe, including 850 at Allens West."

"Stockton Borough Council claims it has a shortage in the five-year housing supply that is required by central government, and needs to approve homes to meet the shortfall."

I would be more impressed if there were ever a news item about Councillors meeting to plan how to develop the infrastructure to accommodate all these new houses, because it seems from Stockton Borough Council's figures that the 3,000 or so currently proposed are not going to be enough to meet Government targets.

A the very least a new bridge is needed across the Tees somewhere upstream of Yarm, with a suitable linking road network that would enable traffic to pass north and south without the necessity of using the existing bridge and Yarm High Street.

The current road system is demonstrably incapable of handling the existing traffic, and has been so for many years. The figures provided by the 2011 Census of England and Wales indicate that 3,000 new houses represent about 3600 new cars.

Perhaps our new residents will be more militant than us oldies, and when they find that their houses were mis-sold to them they will react a little more vigorously than we have done in the past.

Our local Member of Parliament has been silent on this point, when he could, and perhaps should, be leading the way. After all he is a member of the Parliament which tells us that these houses are needed. His main activity so far has been to lambast Stockton Borough Council for being Labour controlled and pursuing a vindictive policy towards his constituency, which helps us not at all.
Sir, you tell us that . . . "Plans for 330 homes on the site of a former hotel look set to be approved by councillors when they meet next Wednesday." "Over 2,000 homes have been approved recently in the Stockton South area . . . more than 1,000 homes will be built at sites in Eaglescliffe, including 850 at Allens West." "Stockton Borough Council claims it has a shortage in the five-year housing supply that is required by central government, and needs to approve homes to meet the shortfall." I would be more impressed if there were ever a news item about Councillors meeting to plan how to develop the infrastructure to accommodate all these new houses, because it seems from Stockton Borough Council's figures that the 3,000 or so currently proposed are not going to be enough to meet Government targets. A the very least a new bridge is needed across the Tees somewhere upstream of Yarm, with a suitable linking road network that would enable traffic to pass north and south without the necessity of using the existing bridge and Yarm High Street. The current road system is demonstrably incapable of handling the existing traffic, and has been so for many years. The figures provided by the 2011 Census of England and Wales indicate that 3,000 new houses represent about 3600 new cars. Perhaps our new residents will be more militant than us oldies, and when they find that their houses were mis-sold to them they will react a little more vigorously than we have done in the past. Our local Member of Parliament has been silent on this point, when he could, and perhaps should, be leading the way. After all he is a member of the Parliament which tells us that these houses are needed. His main activity so far has been to lambast Stockton Borough Council for being Labour controlled and pursuing a vindictive policy towards his constituency, which helps us not at all. D&SGent

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