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Byline: Michelle Ruane

Controversial plans for a new homes site were being spelled out to residents and protestors today.

Yuill Homes wants to build 111 new homes and a community woodland on land near Skipper's Lane.

If permission is granted, the homes would be built on nine acres of land between the A1085 Trunk Road and Ormesby Road, Normanby, along with a 120-acre woodland with footpaths, cycle ways and picnic areas for public use.

The company was today due to hold an exhibition detailing the proposals.

Those living close to the site have already raised concerns about the plans, and many attended a meeting at a local pub last October.

A petition containing about 200 signatures of people opposed to the plans has been fired off to the council.

Normanby ward councillor Carole Ealand said residents were against having more housing near their homes, as they feared it would disrupt privacy and have an environmental impact.

She said: "People bought their houses in that area as it is a nice place to live and part of a green 'wedge'. There is already a traffic problem in Normanby and this would exacerbate that."

Fellow ward councillor, Wendy Wall, added: "Residents are totally opposed to it.

"They want to keep it as it is."

Yuill Homes' marketing communications manager, Lindsay Greenhalgh, said: "The proposals will improve the local environment and quality of life for everybody and supports the regeneration of the area.

"We are keen to hear what people feel about the proposals and ask that they come along to the exhibition and find out more."

It runs from 2pm to 8pm today at the Methodist Church Hall, Cleveland Street, Normanby. The proposals are due to go before planners next month.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 21, 2004
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