EB9: Employment

Development proposals that support the creation or protection of jobs and the sustainable development and economic growth of the neighbourhood plan area will be supported where it:

  1. Can be achieved without significant impact on the built and natural environment, highway safety and residential amenity;
  2. Is located within the East Boldon settlement boundary, as defined on the policy map;
  3. Is an appropriate scale and the use does not conflict with that of neighbouring occupiers;
  4. Provides opportunities to be accessed by sustainable transport; and
  5. Includes appropriate levels of car and cycle parking.


Where the above criteria can be met, particular support will be given to:

  1. Small-scale windfall employment development proposals adjacent to existing employment development, provided that they are not allocated for other uses; and
  2. Business proposals seeking to occupy small sites or buildings within residential or other built-up areas, provided that they are not allocated for other uses or are otherwise protected.

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EB10: Homeworking

Development proposals that support homeworking, such as the creation of workspace for home-run businesses will be supported where it can be achieved without significant impact on the built and natural environment and residential amenity.

Should the proposal include the creation of workspace for a home-run business and require the  conversion of part of a dwelling, its outbuildings, or the development of new buildings within its curtilage, this development must be of an appropriate design and scale, reflecting the surrounding residential environment and does compromise residential amenity.

Proposals for the development of new ‘live-work’ units will be supported where they are located within the settlement boundary, subject to highways, access, design and amenity considerations.

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Cleadon Lane Industrial Estate

EB11: Cleadon Lane Industrial Estate

Development proposals which allow the continued use of the Cleadon Lane Industrial Estate, as defined on the policies map, for B1, B2 and B8 and other employment related, including ancillary uses, will be supported subject to highways, access, design and amenity considerations.

Proposals for the redevelopment of the site for a wider mix of uses, including housing, must be informed by a comprehensive masterplan to be prepared in consultation with the East Boldon Neighbourhood Forum and the local community.  The applicant must also demonstrate that there is no need or demand for the existing employment related uses.  Evidence should include details of the comprehensive marketing exercise undertaken.

As a minimum the masterplan must include details of:

  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. Housing mix and how this meets identified local needs;
  4. Parking provision, ensuring this does not exacerbate current parking issues in the wider area;
  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. Compliance 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;
  10. Opportunities to enhance biodiversity; and
  11. Any mitigation measures required as a result of the development.

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EB12: Local retail centres

Development within the local retail centres of Front Street, Station Terrace/ Langholm Road and St Bede’s, as defined on the policies map, will be supported where it strengthens the vitality and viability of the area.  Applicants will be required to demonstrate that the development would:

  1. Not have an unacceptable impact on residential amenity, an assessment of this will include matters such as opening hours, noise, odours and the management of waste;
  2. Have appropriate access and car parking provision; and
  3. Not have a detrimental impact on the appearance and the environment of the local centre.

The loss of essential local services and convenience retail will be resisted.

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