Tom’s comments on the approval of plans for 128 homes at Swans Corner

Commenting on the news that Redcar and Cleveland Regulatory Committee, which looks at planning applications, have approved plans for 128 homes at Swans Corner near Nunthorpe Labour Member of Parliament for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, Tom Blenkinsop said:

Today’s decision to grant planning permission for these new houses, taken together with the previous approval by Middlesbrough Borough Council for 138 houses at Gypsy Lane and the long standing barrier of trying to cross land in the ownership of the National Trust at Ormesby Hall, means the East Middlesbrough by-pass scheme is no longer likely to happen.

The government must take the blame, if there was a will to solve this problem they could find a way. After raising the by-pass in parliament, I had a meeting with Patrick McLoughlin MP, when he was still Transport Minister, pointing out the need for a solution to the traffic issues across South Middlesbrough.  If he had wished he could have called this application in and also queried the earlier Gypsy Lane application while plans for a by-pass were put forward. However, he did absolutely nothing.

The combination of a Tory Transport Minster refusing to call this application in for review, the casting vote of a Tory Chair of Planning and the lack of a local plan, which was voted down by the joint efforts of Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Independent councillors, to strengthen planning regulations means that is likely that the bypass will never happen

“It is important to look for new ways of easing the congestion in the area, and that has to mean government cash and the will to find a solution.


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