DECISION day looms for a row of new shops and apartments on an upmarket North East estate.

Spaces for a restaurant, hair salon, and boutiques alongside a hot food takeaway have been lined up by developer Thornex on land north of the A689, at Wynyard, Teesside. 

A push to create 24 one and two-bedroom apartments has also been scaled back to 20 after concerns were shared by residents. 

Now Stockton councillors will have their say on the vision at this week’s planning committee – with planning officials recommending the project get the nod. 

The development also includes space for a Co-op store on the land east of Hanzard Drive. 

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The council planning report added: “The site is within defined development limits and is identified as a local centre within the Wynyard Masterplan. 

“The principle of development within this location has therefore been established.”

The plans have prompted a mix of objections and support – with 11 letters sharing concerns and nine behind the development.

There have been misgivings about infrastructure on the estate.

One resident added: “No further residential development should be introduced or approved in Wynyard until a secondary school, doctors surgery and a church is located in order to cope with the demand.”

Worries about the size of the three-storey building, and how it could affect those living on Applecross Grove, sparked initial objections. 

But now four apartments have been removed with the building height proposed reduced by three metres. 

And there have been supporters among correspondents. 

Another resident said: “This development was sold with the proposal of amenities in the future and it is included in the 10 year plan for the area. 

“This estate desperately needs the amenities. 

“Being able to walk to the shop for a bar of chocolate or bottle of milk is much more appealing than driving.”

The committee will meet at 1.30pm on Wednesday, January 19.

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