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Go-ahead for controversial housing plan
4:17pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
PLANS for 39 houses on the site of a former pub have been granted approval.
Members of Durham County Council’s planning committee gave the go-ahead to the scheme at Canney Hill, Bishop Auckland.
The two, three and four-bedroom properties will now be built by Persimmon Homes.
The site use to be home to the Sportsman Inn and surrounding greenfield land.
There are about 25 houses nearby and residents are objecting to the proposals. Nineteen letters against the scheme were submitted.
Concerns included whether there is a need for more homes there because hundreds have already been given approval less than half a mile away.
Other issues include increase in traffic, loss of privacy to homes and the impact on their view.
Persimmon Homes will £19,500 towards the provision and maintenance of community and recreational facilities.
Councillor Henry Nicholson said: “I do have some sympathy that they (the resident) may perhaps lose their identity, but it is not a sustainable settlement.
“I don’t have undue concerns with this development.”
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