Approval given for 120 homes in Spennymoor on DurhamGate site

Darlington and Stockton Times: County council approves plans for 120 homes in Spennymoor County council approves plans for 120 homes in Spennymoor

PROPOSALS to build 120 dwellings on one of the North-East’s largest building sites have been passed after claims the plan would boost the area.

Durham County Council and construction firm K Hartwell lodged the scheme as the latest part of the 60 acre DurhamGate development.

The DurhamGate project is transforming land near Spennymoor to include new homes and businesses.

The latest strand sought to develop a 4.7 acre strip of land near the former K Hartwell factory site within the Green Lane Industrial Estate.

It currently holds a former factory and undeveloped grassland. Ten affordable homes will be built as part of the project.

The council’s area planning committee (south and west) agreed to approve outline planning permission for the homes.

Paul Grylls, finance director of DurhamGate, said: “This development can be seen as an enhancement of the DurhamGate scheme.

“The other housing on the site has been successful and we hope to see this repeated with this plan.

“We’re very proud of what we have already achieved at DurhamGate which will help to shape the future of Spennymoor.”

The scheme seeks to build two, three and four bedroomed homes on the land, which is bordered by Butchers Race.

Several objections, such as retaining the site for industrial use and concerns about construction traffic, had been submitted.

The applicants addressed the issues and said that measures were in place to, among other things, keep residents and construction traffic apart.

Councillor Neil Foster, who covers the Tudhoe ward, said: “I’m in favour of this project going forward and I think this enhances the DurhamGate site.

“I had a number of concerns myself but they have been answered. I think that all of the concerns that were raised by the objectors were answered too.

“There’s lots of industrial land available still, including to the north of the site, and I think that the availability of this land will more than make up for the loss of industrial land in this plan.

“I think that this project will benefit the other areas of Spennymoor with increased spending and that is great.”

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8:35pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Pete Molloy says...

So much for it being a retail park with a hotel. Ruling Labour Party con the people again.
So much for it being a retail park with a hotel. Ruling Labour Party con the people again. Pete Molloy
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11:31pm Thu 17 Apr 14

tomtopper says...

Money money money... That's what the overbearing and rotten labour council care about.. But people forever vote the rot in ..again and again and again
Money money money... That's what the overbearing and rotten labour council care about.. But people forever vote the rot in ..again and again and again tomtopper
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8:29am Fri 18 Apr 14

laboursfoe says...

I'm sorry but 8% affordable homes is pathetic, especially in an area like Spennymoor. Can DCC please remind us what the national target is please?? Not to mention their stance on normal working people being priced out of home ownership.

They are trying to push in a scheme in Barnard Castle under the Strategic Plan where there are 3 affordable homes for a 60 home site. And there is 0 allocation for the aging population.
I'm sorry but 8% affordable homes is pathetic, especially in an area like Spennymoor. Can DCC please remind us what the national target is please?? Not to mention their stance on normal working people being priced out of home ownership. They are trying to push in a scheme in Barnard Castle under the Strategic Plan where there are 3 affordable homes for a 60 home site. And there is 0 allocation for the aging population. laboursfoe
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9:37am Fri 18 Apr 14

bambara says...

Got to laugh at the Tory propoganda merchants trying to paint this as a negative. It is further development in the NE, an area with no shortage of "affordable" homes.
LOL "national targets" - targets introduced to solve problems in the SE that do not exist in the NE.
And that would be the "rotten labour council" that just won an award for being the most efficient council in the country.
The UK needs to build far more houses than we do at present, but the Tories think we should refuse planning permission for developments like this (unless the permission is refused when it shouldn't be, because we need more houses...)
Got to laugh at the Tory propoganda merchants trying to paint this as a negative. It is further development in the NE, an area with no shortage of "affordable" homes. LOL "national targets" - targets introduced to solve problems in the SE that do not exist in the NE. And that would be the "rotten labour council" that just won an award for being the most efficient council in the country. The UK needs to build far more houses than we do at present, but the Tories think we should refuse planning permission for developments like this (unless the permission is refused when it shouldn't be, because we need more houses...) bambara
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12:35pm Fri 18 Apr 14

laboursfoe says...

So there is no housing crisis in the North East then?

I'd say the proportion of people in this area that rely and are dependant on state funded housing support is an embarrassment. Especially when you look at some of the house prices around here.
So there is no housing crisis in the North East then? I'd say the proportion of people in this area that rely and are dependant on state funded housing support is an embarrassment. Especially when you look at some of the house prices around here. laboursfoe
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10:03pm Fri 18 Apr 14

bambara says...

The proportion of people in this area that rely and are dependant on state funded housing support is a direct result of the destruction of this areas industrial base by the Tories. The fact that they were willing to destroy that base with no plans for replacing it was and remains a disgrace.
It is a disgrace that as a result of those actions entire generations have grown up with nobody in the family working.
It is a disgrace that for most the only work available is minimum wage, often part time or zero hours.
It is a disgrace that the gap between the rich and the poor has widened back to levels last seen in 1918, and that it continues to widen.

But none of that points to a lack of affordable housing in the NE, in much of the area you can buy a house for well under 3xUK Average wage.

So even now after the income of all the ordinary hard working people in the UK has been static or declining (in real terms) while the fat cats just keep awarding themselves ever fatter salaries it is still possible to find decent affordable housing in the NE.
The proportion of people in this area that rely and are dependant on state funded housing support is a direct result of the destruction of this areas industrial base by the Tories. The fact that they were willing to destroy that base with no plans for replacing it was and remains a disgrace. It is a disgrace that as a result of those actions entire generations have grown up with nobody in the family working. It is a disgrace that for most the only work available is minimum wage, often part time or zero hours. It is a disgrace that the gap between the rich and the poor has widened back to levels last seen in 1918, and that it continues to widen. But none of that points to a lack of affordable housing in the NE, in much of the area you can buy a house for well under 3xUK Average wage. So even now after the income of all the ordinary hard working people in the UK has been static or declining (in real terms) while the fat cats just keep awarding themselves ever fatter salaries it is still possible to find decent affordable housing in the NE. bambara
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5:25pm Mon 21 Apr 14

tubgut says...

The super council to the rescue, building houses is good but you need to generate more jobs so people can afford them. The body politic at local and national have much to answer for. Revolution may be desirable but not possible. The ballot box is the only weapon we have, we don't get too use it very often do so wisely. Make a point of voting it's the only way our voice will be heard.
The super council to the rescue, building houses is good but you need to generate more jobs so people can afford them. The body politic at local and national have much to answer for. Revolution may be desirable but not possible. The ballot box is the only weapon we have, we don't get too use it very often do so wisely. Make a point of voting it's the only way our voice will be heard. tubgut
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10:43pm Tue 22 Apr 14

house fly says...

Houses on the Durham Gate site are being sold before the foundations are laid. Housing was always a part of the building program. Get a life Malloy and the rest who are apposed to this development.
Houses on the Durham Gate site are being sold before the foundations are laid. Housing was always a part of the building program. Get a life Malloy and the rest who are apposed to this development. house fly
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10:52pm Tue 22 Apr 14

house fly says...

Any housing development in Spennymoor whether it be affordable or other will be apposed by those who are anti-Labour such as Malloy BNP and others. Durham County Council is Labour controlled.
Any housing development in Spennymoor whether it be affordable or other will be apposed by those who are anti-Labour such as Malloy BNP and others. Durham County Council is Labour controlled. house fly
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