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OUTRAGEOUS: Council opposes “mind boggling” apartments plan

OUTRAGEOUS: Council opposes “mind boggling” apartments plan

The Griffin, Thornaby, Bader Avenue, Image: Terry Blackburn/Teesside Live

A push to create a new complex of shops and 21 apartments next to a popular pub has been branded “mind boggling”.

Developers have revealed aims to build a two storey block with apartments and shops on the car park next to The Griffin, in Thornaby.

But the vision for one-bedroom homes and three retail units off Newton Drive have met opposition from Thornaby Town Council.

Designs show the plan is to create 21 self contained residential units next to the existing Bassleton Court shops.

Single bed homes would also be built above the existing stores – with 58 car parking spaces kept, and new access created off Newton Drive.

However, the plans didn’t go down well with Thornaby Town Council members on Monday night.

Village ward councillor Ian Dalgarno labelled the aims “outrageous”.

“The mind boggles as to what their end use will be,” he said.

Meanwhile, Cllr Ray Godwin believed there had been a lot of developments in Thornaby which were in the interests of developers, rather than the wider community.

He also questioned whether the apartments would be suitable for the area – and their quality.

Cllr Godwin said: “I don’t think 21 bedsits is suitable for the location – and that’s without it being two storeys.”

Cllr Dalgarno told the chamber his door had been knocked constantly about the plans over the recent weekend – before revealing he would be standing against the development.

A residents’ meeting will be held on Wednesday night in the Griffin at 6pm to discuss objections.

A past push to redevelop The Griffin car park with four semi-detached bungalows in 1991 was refused on the grounds it would make the area a “less pleasant place to live”.

Environment health officials have raised early concerns about smells and noise from the fresh proposals – with documents showing requests for assessments from the developer.

If approved, plans show the complex would offer “secure cycle storage” – with a “traditional pitched roof” lined up for the new block.

The design report also stated “careful consideration” had been given to the scale, character and appearance of the new shops and apartments.

“The proposed mixed development will serve to provide complimentary retail space and residential accommodation in conjunction with existing public house and retail facilities,” it added.

“It is proposed that the simple and modern styling of the new development will befit the architectural merit of its location, and perfectly blend into the local street-scene setting.”


Words: Alex Metcalfe, Local Democracy Reporter

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