New homes in Benton secured on appeal

Sector: Residential

Appeal Decisions

Location: Benton, Newcastle upon Tyne

Outline planning permission for up to 38 new homes on a field in Benton, Newcastle upon Tyne, has been secured on appeal.

North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council chose not to defend the appeal which was subsequently allowed and approval granted for up to 38 dwellings incorporating the undergrounding of overhead power cables and re-provision of allotments on land at Scaffold Hill Farm, Whitely Road.

Despite being recommended for approval by council officers, the original planning application was turned down by the planning committee, amid concerns over road safety, over development and biodiversity.

An amended plan was submitted by consultants Pegasus Group, on behalf of The Northumberland Estate, for the development of 35 homes, three less than the original 38.

In his report, the planning inspector dismissed what he considered to be the main issues of the effect of the proposals on the character and appearance of the area, biodiversity, highway safety and flood risk.

And he gave weight to the applicant’s agreement to make 25% of the homes affordable, along with a promise of financial contributions towards the local school parks and play areas.

The report said: “A signed and executed planning obligation in the form of an agreement under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 has been provided. This agreement secures the provision of 25% of the total number of dwellings to be constructed as affordable housing units. It also secures financial contributions towards the cost of providing additional places at a school in the borough; the provision and/or improvement of informal play areas at the Rising Sun Country Park (RSCP); the provision of equipped play to the Holystone area of RSCP; the provision and/or improvement of recreational parks within RSCP; the provision and/or improvement and enhancement of strategic greenspace within the vicinity of the site; the provision of public transport and Travel Plan delivery and monitoring.”

Sandra Manson, a Senior Planning Director at Pegasus Group’s Newcastle office, said: “This is a very pleasing result for all concerned.

“By way of a series of conditions, the Inspector concluded that the development would not have a harmful effect on the character and appearance of the area, that the biodiversity of the area would actually be enhanced and that the plans would not have a harmful effect on highway safety on the A191.”

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