Darlington Borough Council revises plans for thousands of homes following public consultation

Darlington and Stockton Times: Darlington town hall, where councillors will discuss the revised proposals next week Darlington town hall, where councillors will discuss the revised proposals next week

PLANS for thousands of new homes in a North-East town have been revised  - after residents voiced their concerns during a consultation process.

Last summer, Darlington Borough Council received hundreds of responses to a consultation on its Making and Growing Places development plan, which highlights areas for potential development in the borough up to 2026.

The majority of comments came from residents living near potential housing developments, after the authority announced it must build about 5,800 new dwellings by 2026.

Following the consultation, planners have produced a revised draft policy, which includes plans for a further 400 dwellings.

Two options for a 350-dwelling development in the Harrowgate Hill area are also included in the new policy, which will include a new 315-place primary school and 26-place nursery.

The number of dwellings proposed for land to the east of Red Hall, Haughton and Great Burdon has increased from 250 to 600 and will form part of a new neighbourhood.

A number of dwellings are also proposed for the former Arts Centre site, Alexander Street and Blackett Road, land north of Red Hall and the former Ravensthorpe School site.

Following last year’s consultation, land at Carmel College, Glebe Road South and opposite the White Horse Pub, in Burtree Lane, is no longer included in the policy.

The number of proposed dwellings for the central park and town centre fringe areas has also reduced by around 400.

Steve Petch, the council’s place strategy manager, said the proposals were necessary to keep up with housing demand.

He said: “The issue for more houses is the same in Darlington as it is in the rest of the country.”

Members of Darlington council’s cabinet are recommended to approve the revised report at a meeting on Tuesday (April 29) and public consultation will run from May 23, to July 4.

Councillor Chris McEwan, the council’s cabinet member for economy and regeneration, said: “It is important that we find out what people think about these revised plans for where new housing should go, and that people affected by new proposed sites have the same opportunity to comment as people did last year on the initial proposed sites.

“New housing is essential to support our ambitions for economic growth and a better quality of life for all.”

Information on consultation events will be released in due course.

The documents will also be available online on the council's website

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8:25pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Darloresident says...

The former Arts Centre for dwellings?? This council bankrupt of ideas have chosen the easy option.Presumably this will mean selling that lovely building to a developer to be pulled down and reincarnated as 2 bedroomed flats..
How long before all the historic council owned properties are sold to be demolished and replaced with modern buildings that wont last 50 years??
The former Arts Centre for dwellings?? This council bankrupt of ideas have chosen the easy option.Presumably this will mean selling that lovely building to a developer to be pulled down and reincarnated as 2 bedroomed flats.. How long before all the historic council owned properties are sold to be demolished and replaced with modern buildings that wont last 50 years?? Darloresident
  • Score: 23

1:34am Thu 24 Apr 14

Spy Boy says...

More of our history going down the drain. The Arts Centre could have been a huge success if the council had a little imagination and some interest in the arts. The Arts is Lip Service only. I can't see this being affordable housing.
More of our history going down the drain. The Arts Centre could have been a huge success if the council had a little imagination and some interest in the arts. The Arts is Lip Service only. I can't see this being affordable housing. Spy Boy
  • Score: 14

9:54am Thu 24 Apr 14

BMD says...

Councillor Chris McEwan, "New housing is essential to support our ambitions for economic growth and a better quality of life for all.”

It also generates a lot more Council tax.

The 19th Century Arts Centre is not a listed building, but in my opinion the only acceptable proposal is to convert the interior into exclusive private accommodation. This would ensure the up-keep of the building and have less impact on the surrounding area.
Councillor Chris McEwan, "New housing is essential to support our ambitions for economic growth and a better quality of life for all.” It also generates a lot more Council tax. The 19th Century Arts Centre is not a listed building, but in my opinion the only acceptable proposal is to convert the interior into exclusive private accommodation. This would ensure the up-keep of the building and have less impact on the surrounding area. BMD
  • Score: 10

8:33pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Teesflyer says...

Check out Planning Application 13/00968/FUL - local information says that application made under false pretences with Directors of supposed sponsors unaware of application - interesting to see why it got so far without due diligence of DBC Planning Committee raising concerns - one to follow me thinks!
Check out Planning Application 13/00968/FUL - local information says that application made under false pretences with Directors of supposed sponsors unaware of application - interesting to see why it got so far without due diligence of DBC Planning Committee raising concerns - one to follow me thinks! Teesflyer
  • Score: 6

11:27pm Thu 24 Apr 14

grandmab says...

I checked o ut the council website about the houses proposed for Glebe road and and Lime Avenue. I could only find the same news article here.At one point it says those houses are not included in the revised plan. I would like to know if that means they will definitely go ahead. Glebe road was just redone after the last influx of unsellable houses and now they will destroy it again. The intersection with Salters Lane is almost impossible to enter/exit during rush hour and the school run. They have turned Glebe road into a raceway for young toughs in souped up cars. What on earth are they thinking adding to the burden? Maybe I am asking too much for common sense to prevail.
I checked o ut the council website about the houses proposed for Glebe road and and Lime Avenue. I could only find the same news article here.At one point it says those houses are not included in the revised plan. I would like to know if that means they will definitely go ahead. Glebe road was just redone after the last influx of unsellable houses and now they will destroy it again. The intersection with Salters Lane is almost impossible to enter/exit during rush hour and the school run. They have turned Glebe road into a raceway for young toughs in souped up cars. What on earth are they thinking adding to the burden? Maybe I am asking too much for common sense to prevail. grandmab
  • Score: 3

1:22am Fri 25 Apr 14

Spy Boy says...

Teesflyer wrote:
Check out Planning Application 13/00968/FUL - local information says that application made under false pretences with Directors of supposed sponsors unaware of application - interesting to see why it got so far without due diligence of DBC Planning Committee raising concerns - one to follow me thinks!
That looks very strange. This is actually quite scary.

BTW, isn't the land to the North of Redhall liable to flood? I've seen it under a few feet of water on occasions. I bet the flood insurance is going to be high.
[quote][p][bold]Teesflyer[/bold] wrote: Check out Planning Application 13/00968/FUL - local information says that application made under false pretences with Directors of supposed sponsors unaware of application - interesting to see why it got so far without due diligence of DBC Planning Committee raising concerns - one to follow me thinks![/p][/quote]That looks very strange. This is actually quite scary. BTW, isn't the land to the North of Redhall liable to flood? I've seen it under a few feet of water on occasions. I bet the flood insurance is going to be high. Spy Boy
  • Score: 3

6:09pm Tue 6 May 14

Teesflyer says...

Spy Boy wrote:
Teesflyer wrote:
Check out Planning Application 13/00968/FUL - local information says that application made under false pretences with Directors of supposed sponsors unaware of application - interesting to see why it got so far without due diligence of DBC Planning Committee raising concerns - one to follow me thinks!
That looks very strange. This is actually quite scary.

BTW, isn't the land to the North of Redhall liable to flood? I've seen it under a few feet of water on occasions. I bet the flood insurance is going to be high.
Apparently the decision is on hold until the 15th May to allow time for DBC Planning Dept to review the application. Word has it that the claim of "Sponsors" for the project is being watered down somewhat by the applicant. Difficult to see how you can claim to have a Sponsor in the initial application and then decide you didn't really when questioned - slight of hand perhaps?
[quote][p][bold]Spy Boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Teesflyer[/bold] wrote: Check out Planning Application 13/00968/FUL - local information says that application made under false pretences with Directors of supposed sponsors unaware of application - interesting to see why it got so far without due diligence of DBC Planning Committee raising concerns - one to follow me thinks![/p][/quote]That looks very strange. This is actually quite scary. BTW, isn't the land to the North of Redhall liable to flood? I've seen it under a few feet of water on occasions. I bet the flood insurance is going to be high.[/p][/quote]Apparently the decision is on hold until the 15th May to allow time for DBC Planning Dept to review the application. Word has it that the claim of "Sponsors" for the project is being watered down somewhat by the applicant. Difficult to see how you can claim to have a Sponsor in the initial application and then decide you didn't really when questioned - slight of hand perhaps? Teesflyer
  • Score: 1

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