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Dismay as plan for 330 homes is revealed for nightclub site in Yarm
A PLAN to build 330 new homes on the site of the once-famous Tall Trees Hotel and nightclub at Yarm has been greeted with dismay by campaigners.
If the latest application is approved by Stockton Borough Council, it will mean plans for more than 1,300 new homes in the Yarm area will have been approved recently - along with a 850-dwelling scheme for nearby Allens West.
Various campaign groups in the area have joined forces and formed the Save Stockton South (SSS) group to try and prevent more house building in the area.
The latest scheme at Tall Trees has been proposed by Javed Majid, of Maher Developments, who owned the hotel. Mr Majid has recently had an application for a 350-house and 100-bedroom home, USA-style retirement village at Leven Bank approved.
The new scheme would include 265 houses to be sold at market value, but there will also be social housing, some available for rent, if the plan is approved.
Other planning applications approved in the past two years in Yarm include 370 dwellings at Green Lane, 350 at Morley Carr Farm.
A spokesman for SSS said: “We are deeply disappointed to have learnt of a new proposal to build another 350 houses at The Tall Trees site in Yarm. There has been very limited, if any, mitigation to address traffic concerns that have been raised.
“Developers would argue, as they have done at planning committee meetings, that there is a need for SBC to approve developments as they have not met their five year supply requirements.
"However, we say that there is a disproportionate amount of house building being proposed and agreed around Yarm compared to other areas in Stockton borough and that Yarm should not be the only area to bear the brunt of it.”
Other objections from members of SSS included the strain on Yarm’s infrastructure, questions as to why Maher Developments didn’t build the retirement village on the Tall Trees site and the fact that the council has to supply a five-year housing supply target was being used by developers to force through their plans.
Keith Duffell, an SSS member, said: "This is another 350 houses that we do not need, or want.”
A spokeswoman for Javed Majid said: “There are existing planning approvals in place for this site and the revised plans will have minimal impact on traffic flow. A public consultation has taken place, and is ongoing.”
The old nightclub and leisure centre at Tall Trees has been destroyed, but the hotel is currently still standing.
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