More criticisms of housing developers at Ingleby Barwick planning inquiry

Darlington and Stockton Times: Louise Baldock, Labour and Co-operative Party Parliamentary Candidate for Stockton South, who is against new housing in Ingleby Barwick Louise Baldock, Labour and Co-operative Party Parliamentary Candidate for Stockton South, who is against new housing in Ingleby Barwick

THERE were more criticisms today (July 16) of a developer trying to get a further 550 homes built on green fields at a planning inquiry.

Jersey-based Tiviot Way Investments and developers Satnam want to built the homes next to a planned new free school in Ingleby Barwick, near Stockton.

The Low Lane school, originally associated with just 250 new homes, has been described as being used as a “Trojan Horse” because once permission was granted for the school it was easier for other developers to get permission for more houses.

Stockton Borough Council’s planning committee rejected the plan for the new homes on the grounds that it was on “green wedge” land that divides Ingleby Barwick and Thornaby.

The developers appealed to the Secretary of State for Communities, Eric Pickles, arguing the plan complies with a number of the council’s own policies to create sustainable homes and affordable housing.

Louise Baldock, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Stockton South and an Ingleby Barwick resident, spoke out against the development at the hearing, held at Stockton Tabernacle.

She stressed that the last piece of development for Ingleby Barwick was supposed to be in The Rings area and the new plans were outside the agreed town boundaries. She argued there was a lack for facilities in the area and the new homes would make matters worse.

Addressing the planning inspector she said: “I ask you to recognise that (allowing this) plan would damage the existing community, further damage our environment and encourage into the green wedge.”

Another application, also for 550 homes, by Prism Planning, has been submitted to the authority the same area.

The planning inquiry is expected to conclude tomorrow (July 17).

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9:22pm Wed 16 Jul 14

ad lucem says...

I am sure Conservative MP James Wharton will ensure Conservative Minister Eric Pickles will turn this application down. Or maybe not. Well done to Ms Baldock for attending the meeting and speaking on behalf of her future constituents.
I am sure Conservative MP James Wharton will ensure Conservative Minister Eric Pickles will turn this application down. Or maybe not. Well done to Ms Baldock for attending the meeting and speaking on behalf of her future constituents. ad lucem
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9:44pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Ingleby Barwick Resident says...

Well Mr Wharton hasn't made one single formal objection to any of the house building in Stockton South, just given press quotes about how he blames the council. Nobody in Ingleby wants these new houses, for lots of very good reasons. Shame our Tory MP refuses to defend us from the developers after Stockton council rejected their plans, and well done Louise Baldock, Cllr David Rose, and the IBIS councillors all fighting for the residents of Ingleby.
Well Mr Wharton hasn't made one single formal objection to any of the house building in Stockton South, just given press quotes about how he blames the council. Nobody in Ingleby wants these new houses, for lots of very good reasons. Shame our Tory MP refuses to defend us from the developers after Stockton council rejected their plans, and well done Louise Baldock, Cllr David Rose, and the IBIS councillors all fighting for the residents of Ingleby. Ingleby Barwick Resident
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