Airport objects to being included in a neighbourhood plan that could stop its housing development plans

Darlington and Stockton Times: FUTURE PLANS: Bosses at Durham Tees Valley Airport have disagreed with parish council plans to influence their development FUTURE PLANS: Bosses at Durham Tees Valley Airport have disagreed with parish council plans to influence their development

BOSSES at Durham Tees Valley Airport have flexed their muscles at a parish council and demanded the facility be removed from a local planning document that could affect its proposals to build 400 homes in its grounds.

Airport director Peter Nears said it is “wholly unnecessary” to include the site in Middleton St George’s proposed neighbourhood plan and argued the parish council did not have the knowledge or resources to comment on airport planning.

Middleton St George Parish Council has spent months working on a neighbourhood plan, a legal document setting out what the village is willing to allow in terms of future housing or business developments up to 2025.

The parish council was spurred into action by a number of planning applications that would add several hundred properties to the village, which locals say is already overstretched, and had planned to include the airport - which lies partly within the parish - in the document.

Residents fear the airport's economic masterplan, which includes proposals to build 400 homes in its grounds, close to Middleton St George, will put extra strain on village services.

But the parish council’s attempt to include the airport within the legal boundary of the neighbourhood plan, which would give them a strong say in any development on the airport site, looks set to be turned down by Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet after intervention of airport bosses.

In a letter sent to the council's planning department, Mr Nears, strategic planning director for airport owner Peel Holdings, said the airport “objected strongly” to the site’s inclusion in the neighbourhood plan.

He continued: “A neighbourhood plan that seeks to include the airport is wholly unnecessary and potentially counter-productive given the significant resources involved in preparing the airport masterplan.

“It would undermine the substantial efforts the airport has put into securing a viable future for DTVA.

“As a key regional asset and international gateway, the airport is not the kind of major economic asset neighbourhood planning is designed to deal with. It is questionable whether the parish council has the resources available to deal with what is an extremely specialist area.”

Councillor Doris Jones, parish chairwoman, said the airport’s stance was unfortunate, but the parish council had no choice but to agree to its demands.

She said: “I suppose they don’t want us having control over their plans. We don’t want to waste time and energy fighting Peel Holdings."

Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet will be asked to agree a neighbourhood area that covers Middleton St George and Low Dinsdale but skirts around the boundary of the airport when it meets tomorrow, part of the lengthy legal process to create the document.

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2:15pm Sun 29 Jun 14

hogworth says...

Well done the parish council, don't be brow beaten by Peel, it's time someone put a spoke in their wheel.
Well done the parish council, don't be brow beaten by Peel, it's time someone put a spoke in their wheel. hogworth
  • Score: 26

2:59pm Sun 29 Jun 14

RealLivin says...

Half of DTVA is in the Darlington area particular MSG, they should have first say on anything that happens there as it affected them more than anyone else. The airport management have done a great job of demoting it from an airport to any airfield, if they build houses on it how will they ever get it back up to an airport as every home owner would object and if they add a clause into the building or buying who would build or buy a house there. To get teesside back on the map we need an airport and if some day it happens and we get the boom times how will it expand if it has sold it land off, this is typical short sightedness and not looking at the big picture and linking it to DBC 80 mill station upgrade and the new London airport hub as in the echo last week.
Half of DTVA is in the Darlington area particular MSG, they should have first say on anything that happens there as it affected them more than anyone else. The airport management have done a great job of demoting it from an airport to any airfield, if they build houses on it how will they ever get it back up to an airport as every home owner would object and if they add a clause into the building or buying who would build or buy a house there. To get teesside back on the map we need an airport and if some day it happens and we get the boom times how will it expand if it has sold it land off, this is typical short sightedness and not looking at the big picture and linking it to DBC 80 mill station upgrade and the new London airport hub as in the echo last week. RealLivin
  • Score: 26

4:58pm Sun 29 Jun 14

oxbridge says...

Please someone buy Dorris some new knitting needles and a ball of wool, she won't be happy until the airport is closed.
Please someone buy Dorris some new knitting needles and a ball of wool, she won't be happy until the airport is closed. oxbridge
  • Score: -9

8:50pm Sun 29 Jun 14

gramps427 says...

"As a KEY Regional Asset"! Who does Mr Nears think he is kidding? They are planning to turn the airport into a housing estate and are following the same path as they did at Sheffield, where the airport was closed down completely.
They have already reduced the capacity of the Airport basically turning it into an airfield for private toys while the Amsterdam & Aberdeen scheduled flights cling on by virtue of the ineffective Politicians pleas; the same politicians who gave the airport to Peel after agreeing to push Newcastle ahead of it at One North East's instructions. Peel have not even become a part of the Tees Valley Unlimited family of local businesses looking to promote the Tees Valley region; which show they really see the future. Any housing estate built there will become a problem estate as no one with any sense will want to live on an industrial airport that is to become an aircraft graveyard. The management has already allowed criminal activities to take place on the airport itself. The five councils need to take a very close look at the real potential for trouble allowing any house building on a site deemed not suitable by their own assessors.
"As a KEY Regional Asset"! Who does Mr Nears think he is kidding? They are planning to turn the airport into a housing estate and are following the same path as they did at Sheffield, where the airport was closed down completely. They have already reduced the capacity of the Airport basically turning it into an airfield for private toys while the Amsterdam & Aberdeen scheduled flights cling on by virtue of the ineffective Politicians pleas; the same politicians who gave the airport to Peel after agreeing to push Newcastle ahead of it at One North East's instructions. Peel have not even become a part of the Tees Valley Unlimited family of local businesses looking to promote the Tees Valley region; which show they really see the future. Any housing estate built there will become a problem estate as no one with any sense will want to live on an industrial airport that is to become an aircraft graveyard. The management has already allowed criminal activities to take place on the airport itself. The five councils need to take a very close look at the real potential for trouble allowing any house building on a site deemed not suitable by their own assessors. gramps427
  • Score: 17

9:04pm Sun 29 Jun 14

DarloXman says...

The reason for the Neighbourhood Plan - which every resident of MSG has had to pay an additional charge this year through their council tax - is due to the number of planning applications for increased housing in the village - which included the 400 at the site of the "old" airport.

If these 400 houses are not included in the plan then the whole exercise will be pointless! The council has to allow the plan to include the proposed airport development - or they are allowing money already spent to be wasted!

Peel's Mr Nears 'argued the parish council did not have the knowledge or resources to comment on airport planning' - the point is they are not planning an airport, they are planning a housing estate!

Of course we all know it is going to happen - Mr Dixon has already said he wants it!
The reason for the Neighbourhood Plan - which every resident of MSG has had to pay an additional charge this year through their council tax - is due to the number of planning applications for increased housing in the village - which included the 400 at the site of the "old" airport. If these 400 houses are not included in the plan then the whole exercise will be pointless! The council has to allow the plan to include the proposed airport development - or they are allowing money already spent to be wasted! Peel's Mr Nears 'argued the parish council did not have the knowledge or resources to comment on airport planning' - the point is they are not planning an airport, they are planning a housing estate! Of course we all know it is going to happen - Mr Dixon has already said he wants it! DarloXman
  • Score: 19

6:49pm Mon 30 Jun 14

thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth says...

It's certainly not being used by aeroplanes, so might as well build houses on it. Maybe then the council will leave our inner town green areas alone!
It's certainly not being used by aeroplanes, so might as well build houses on it. Maybe then the council will leave our inner town green areas alone! thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth
  • Score: -5

4:37pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Buns42 says...

Yes peel threatened the parish council and Doris Jones personally if the airport was not removed from the plan.
Yes peel threatened the parish council and Doris Jones personally if the airport was not removed from the plan. Buns42
  • Score: 0

4:39pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Buns42 says...

oxbridge wrote:
Please someone buy Dorris some new knitting needles and a ball of wool, she won't be happy until the airport is closed.
It will close that's what Peel want to do.
[quote][p][bold]oxbridge[/bold] wrote: Please someone buy Dorris some new knitting needles and a ball of wool, she won't be happy until the airport is closed.[/p][/quote]It will close that's what Peel want to do. Buns42
  • Score: 0
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