Labour approve permission for Penshaw housing development
On Tuesday 5th October, councillors representing the Planning and Highways West Committee discussed and voted on an application for full planning permission for 116 homes and outline planning permission for 324 homes, situated on land previously designated as greenbelt status.
Despite receiving 274 objections to the proposal from local residents and hearing objections from Councillor Mel Speding who stated over 2500 residents had joined a social media group opposing the proposed development, Labour councillors voted to approve the planning permission against the public’s wishes.
All three Conservative councillors on the committee voted against the proposal.
This proposed development for over 400 homes appears to have no public support. Local residents have campaigned loudly, and Labour has ignored them. Only the Conservatives listen to residents.
"The Sunderland Conservatives group is the only group that listens to residents when they say they want to protect our local green spaces and natural habitats", a spokesman said.