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245 Houses Cleadon Lane – 1st Test of Our Neighbourhood Plan

    Cleadon Lane Industrial Estate

    In the first test of our Neighbourhood Plan, Lichfields, acting on behalf of Avant Homes have submitted a planning application to build 245 houses on Cleadon Lane Industrial Estate. Full details of the application are available by searching for ST/1109/21/FUL on the Council’s website at

    UPDATE JULY 2022

    Lichfields submitted a revised application which the Forum have also provided comments on, click here to view it.

    January 2022:

    Forum members have examined the proposal in detail and have produced a comprehensive response which has been submitted to the council.

    The response confirms that the existing proposal does not comply with the policies in the neighbourhood plan in a significant number of areas, including:

    1.    The phasing of the proposed development;

    2.    The proposed mix of development, illustrating how this will not undermine the viability and operation of existing businesses on the site;

    3.    How the housing mix will contribute to delivering local housing needs as demonstrated in an up to date Housing Needs Assessment;

    4.    The provision of adequate vehicle and cycle parking provision taking account of the guidance set out in the Annex to the East Boldon Design Code;

    5.    Highways access to the site and the impact of the proposals on the highway network;

    6.    Pedestrian linkages through the site, including how opportunities for sustainable travel will be embedded within the development;

    7.    How the development accords with the East Boldon Design Code;

    8.    A landscape framework for the site, addressing matters such as green infrastructure, open spaces and relationship with the Green Belt beyond the site;

    9.    How flooding and drainage considerations have informed the overall site design, particularly as areas of the site lie within flood zone 2 and 3;

    10. Opportunities to enhance biodiversity;

    11.    Land contamination and remediation; and

    12.   Any mitigation measures required as a result of the development.

    The detailed response includes the following documents:

    Covering email
    Response to Planning Statement
    Response to Design Quality
    Appendix A – Response to Lichfields/Avant Homes initial consultation 5 August 2021
    Appendix B – Notes from meeting with Lichfields, 2 September 2021
    Appendix C – Statement of Community Involvement

    In late February 2022, Lichfields agreed to extend the period in which the Council have to determine the application to 31 May 2022. This follows a number of requests for additional information which were not included in the original documentation.

    The Forum’s response to Lichfields / Avant’s preliminary consultation in August 2021 can be found here.

    If you live or work in the East Boldon Forum area then you are welcome to join the Forum. Please get in touch with us.

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