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Homes scheme could be approved despite concerns
2:23pm Monday 16th September 2013 in News
PLANS for 39 houses on the site of a former pub are being recommended for approval despite concerns raised by nearby residents.
Persimmon Homes has demolished the Sportsman Inn, at Canney Hill, Bishop Auckland, and now hopes to get permission to build a mixture of two, three and four bedroom properties.
However, there are about 25 houses nearby and residents are objecting to the proposals. So far 19 letters against the scheme have been submitted to Durham County Council.
Concerns include the need for more homes as hundreds have already been given approval less than half a mile away, increase in traffic, loss of privacy to homes and the impact on the visual amenity.
In a report to planning committee members, one objector states: “New housing building should first be located on brownfield sites rather than greenfield sites such as this.”
Another said: “The increase in traffic generated by the development would lead to a highway safety hazard.”
A third person added: “Whilst the removal of the vacant public house was welcomed, concern was raised that the development of the paddock would detrimentally affect the visual amenity of this gateway site into Bishop Auckland.”
Northumbrian Water, the Environment Agency and the Highways Agency have no objections to the application.
Planning officers are recommending the scheme is approved subject to the agreement of a Section 106 Agreement, which would see Persimmon Homes pay £19,500 towards the provision and maintenance of community and recreational facilities.
A public consultation was carried out earlier this year but officers believe the issues raised from it are not sufficient to warrant refusal of the scheme.
In the report, it states: “Whilst the proposed development would take place on land which is outside of the existing settlement boundary, and therefore departing from the development plan, it is considered that its development for housing would represent a sustainable urban extension to Bishop Auckland.
“Housing would occupy part previously-developed land and this proposal would consolidate Bishop Auckland to the west.”
Durham County Council’s planning committee meeting will take place at the council offices in Spennymoor, on Thursday, September 19, at 2pm.
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