Proposed Faverdale housing development put at risk as councillors are advised to refuse access to the site

The masterplan for the proposed Faverdale Garden Village development

The masterplan for the proposed Faverdale Garden Village development

First published in News Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the Author by , Darlington reporter

A MAJOR housing development proposed for the outskirts of Darlington could be in jeopardy after councillors were advised to refuse permission to access the site.

Planning officers at Darlington Borough Council fear that allowing a large residential site to be built next to council-owned land earmarked for employment use could damage its viability and have recommended that councillors refuse the use of key access routes unless the housing plans are dropped.

Developer St Modwen submitted a planning application to Darlington Borough Council for a 600-home site on land it owns off Whessoe Road, reaching towards the Faverdale Industrial Estate, with an eye to also creating employment space and retail units.

The site, which straddles the Bishop Auckland railway line, had been dubbed Faverdale Garden Village.

Access to the St Modwen site is via two roads running through Darlington Borough Council-owned land behind the Faverdale Industrial Estate, which itself has been earmarked as a site for large-scale employment opportunities.

St Modwen applied to the council for the right to use and extend the access roads as part of the planning process, but the authority’s planning officers have stated they would prefer to see the ‘garden village’ used instead for employment uses, with the 600 houses built elsewhere in the town.

Members of the council’s cabinet have been advised to refuse rights of access across its land at Faverdale for the residential development proposed by St Modwen and to encourage the developer to look at alternative employment uses, when access would be granted.

A report prepared for councillors said: “The site, whilst within the development limits, is not considered to be a sustainable location for new housing.

“The identification of the Faverdale area as employment land in the Local Plan, with its specific references to its good access to the A1(M), indicate the planning policy intention is to market the Faverdale area on the basis of its convenient unfettered access to the trunk road network.

“The volume of residential traffic that this development could generate on roads serving a primarily employment area could reduce the attractiveness of the employment area as a whole.

“By using up employment land whose accessibility offer is unique in the borough, and potentially constraining the range of uses on other adjacent developable employment land, this proposal would conflict with the goal of achieving sustainable economic growth.

“For those reasons, officers have informed the developers that even if the outline planning application were to receive permission they would be recommending to cabinet that access rights are not provided to enable the development to be implemented.”

Cabinet will make a decision on the access rights when it meets at Darlington town hall on Tuesday, March 4, at 5pm.

A spokeswoman for St Modwen declined to comment ahead of the council’s decision.

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2:41pm Sat 1 Mar 14

theWorkerScum says...

Will common sense prevail, less houses and more jobs out of town makes sense to me. Will the council do the right thing?
Will common sense prevail, less houses and more jobs out of town makes sense to me. Will the council do the right thing? theWorkerScum
  • Score: 1

2:57pm Sat 1 Mar 14

DM1989 says...

Houses popping up all over but DBC are cutting the amount of refuse wagons down to 4 and there's currently 9 with 2 spares if the work can't be completed. The public should of been consulted and asked what they want but it would be something along the lines of get rid of Ada Burns and the highly paid directors who do bot all and DBC knew this so didn't entertain it.
Houses popping up all over but DBC are cutting the amount of refuse wagons down to 4 and there's currently 9 with 2 spares if the work can't be completed. The public should of been consulted and asked what they want but it would be something along the lines of get rid of Ada Burns and the highly paid directors who do bot all and DBC knew this so didn't entertain it. DM1989
  • Score: 11

3:22pm Sat 1 Mar 14

sierrarain says...

this is quite an unbelievable. yeah!
this is quite an unbelievable. yeah! sierrarain
  • Score: 3

7:30pm Sat 1 Mar 14

thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth says...

There's a program on bbc2 at the minute called Permission Impossible. If you watch it you'll see the kind of wet liberal council fools who are employed in these positions. There is no hope for common sense anymore these days. The country has well and truly gone to the dogs. We are recruiting led by morons in councils up.and down the land who have ology's in this and degrees in that and no brains or common sense at all. Wete all doomed!
There's a program on bbc2 at the minute called Permission Impossible. If you watch it you'll see the kind of wet liberal council fools who are employed in these positions. There is no hope for common sense anymore these days. The country has well and truly gone to the dogs. We are recruiting led by morons in councils up.and down the land who have ology's in this and degrees in that and no brains or common sense at all. Wete all doomed! thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth
  • Score: 5

8:00pm Sat 1 Mar 14

loan_star says...

Bill Dixon and his buddies are relying on all that extra council tax they can raise with these houses so they can pay for their hair brained schemes!!
Bill Dixon and his buddies are relying on all that extra council tax they can raise with these houses so they can pay for their hair brained schemes!! loan_star
  • Score: 12

3:48pm Sun 2 Mar 14

thevoiceofthevoiceless says...

The main concern surely is traffic, if they bothered to connect the road behind B&Q out to faverdale it would make it much easier to get across town
The main concern surely is traffic, if they bothered to connect the road behind B&Q out to faverdale it would make it much easier to get across town thevoiceofthevoiceless
  • Score: 5

11:26am Mon 3 Mar 14

PJ Chingford says...

Funny how people watch a programme like that and are suddenly 'experts'! that's what ticks me off. The programme is clearly edited to feature the most colourful characters, like Benefit Street, and only gives a flavour of the job. I have 2 'ologies' good ones, and work very hard,' the truth' wouldn't know where to start in dealing with such an issue. I have worked in the development industry in both the public and private sector and it can be as difficult and frustrating as it is rewarding.
Funny how people watch a programme like that and are suddenly 'experts'! that's what ticks me off. The programme is clearly edited to feature the most colourful characters, like Benefit Street, and only gives a flavour of the job. I have 2 'ologies' good ones, and work very hard,' the truth' wouldn't know where to start in dealing with such an issue. I have worked in the development industry in both the public and private sector and it can be as difficult and frustrating as it is rewarding. PJ Chingford
  • Score: 0

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