New housing development has been redesigned – to protect one of the “grandest” trees in South Tyneside.
Bellway Homes North East received planning permission for a two-storey apartment block at the junction of Park Avenue and Sunderland Road, at Cleadon Park in South Shields.
But in order to protect a substantial sycamore tree on the land, the application has now been altered to a three-storey complex with 12 two-bedroom apartments.
Today, a spokesman for the company said it was hoped the residents who move into the complex would enjoy the tree’s presence for “years to come”.
Members of the council’s planning committee will be recommended to approve the new application when they meet at South Shields Town Hall next Monday.
A report to the committee says: “The planning application site’s layout has only been changed by virtue of the different footprint of the proposed apartment building, which includes ensuring that it would not adversely affect a substantial sycamore tree located off site to the southeast.
“The development can be built without causing harm to the sycamore. It is also suggested the tree be subject to a Tree Preservation Order so that it would be afforded long-term protection from tree works that would otherwise require consent, such as cutting back branches that overhang the boundary.”
A spokesman for Bellway Homes said: “We have redesigned the layout of the development as we wished to preserve the grandest sycamore tree in the street.
“We hope that the new residents that move into the properties benefit for years to come.”
A Tree Preservation Order makes it an offence to cut down, top, lop, uproot or wilfully damage or wilfully destroy a tree without a local planning authority’s permission.