Homes and community centre plan for Sherburn Hill

UP to a hundred homes and a new community centre could be built in a small village, under plans discussed today (Tuesday, February 26).

Durham Villages Regeneration Company (DVRC) is considering building a mix of family and affordable homes on council-owned land in Sherburn Hill, near Durham City.

A community centre, village green and play space could also be created.

DVRC, a partnership between Durham County Council and developers Keepmoat, held a public consultation event on the proposals at Sherburn Hill Sure Start Centre today.

Officials emphasised the proposals were at an early stage.

Ian Prescott, Keepmoat’s land and partnerships director, said: “The purpose of today’s event is to share some thinking with the village – thinking that the council’s had on the community centre and thinking that Keepmoat and the council have had on the potential of developing some of the land held by the council – and get views from the community on what they think should happen in the village.

“We’re categorically not saying: ‘Here are some proposals’. We’re saying: ‘Here are some sketched areas. What are your views?’”

The site being discussed, which includes fields and rough land, straddles Front Street but most lies to the North, behind existing houses.

Three possible layouts were displayed.

Further consultation events are expected later in the year before any planning applications are submitted.

Meanwhile, Sherburn Hill Community Association (SCHA) has been pushing for a new community centre for the village since before the council closed the existing facility on health and safety grounds in January last year.

SCHA says the council has pledged £400,000, subject to community support, and it hopes to get up to a further £350,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.

Various designs and locations are being considered.

Chair David Hall said: “It’s up to the community to give their views. Our preference would be a site on the other (North) side of the road because not so many people would have to cross the road.

“There are also benefits in terms of parking and being close to the shops and the play area.”

For more information on the housing scheme, call Keepmoat on 0191-495-4500 or the council on 03000-262-008. For further details on the community centre project, call Mr Hall on 07941-835-706.

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3:42pm Sat 2 Mar 13

valevers says...

Attended this meeting, well presented, the usual boards with info, but sad to say wasn't impressed. the samm leaflet through the door did not show and tell all. I did not realise until actually pointed out by rep from Keepmoat, that ALL of what is now the green space (and has been since the colliery closed) will be eaten up by the proposed housing, whatever option you go for means the removal of the play park, fought long and hard over by the residents, to a less than central site as it is now.
I am not convinced that access from the steps (by the allotments) to the shops, bus stops, and Front Street will be maintained once the houses are built after all who wants council house rabble coming through a nice new private housing estate? Too much housing, of the wrong sort, to little attention to infra structure and too much traffic will cause endless problems, lets hope they see sense and reduce the amount of housing and leave us some green space.
Attended this meeting, well presented, the usual boards with info, but sad to say wasn't impressed. the samm leaflet through the door did not show and tell all. I did not realise until actually pointed out by rep from Keepmoat, that ALL of what is now the green space (and has been since the colliery closed) will be eaten up by the proposed housing, whatever option you go for means the removal of the play park, fought long and hard over by the residents, to a less than central site as it is now. I am not convinced that access from the steps (by the allotments) to the shops, bus stops, and Front Street will be maintained once the houses are built after all who wants council house rabble coming through a nice new private housing estate? Too much housing, of the wrong sort, to little attention to infra structure and too much traffic will cause endless problems, lets hope they see sense and reduce the amount of housing and leave us some green space. valevers
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