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Faverdale ward councillor says 600-home development could be good for Darlington
A COUNCILLOR has spoken of his support for proposals to build 600 homes in Faverdale – but said he would watch the development “with a close eye”.
Richard Grundy, ward councillor for Faverdale, said plans by developer St Modwen to build up to 600 houses at Whessoe Road and Faverdale could benefit the immediate local area and Darlington as a whole.
The scheme, dubbed the Faverdale Garden Village, would also incorporate retail and business units but Coun Grundy said the affordable housing provision is the main reason he supports the development.
He said: “I remember 30 years ago when I got my first mortgage how easy it was compared to these days, so just to help young families get onto the property ladder has to be a positive thing.”
Coun Grundy said that plans to improve bus links into the town to complement the development would also benefit existing residents and he praised the amount of greenery that has been incorporated into the designs.
He said: “I will watch it with a close eye, but it looks to be a good project for the area.”
A planning application for the site has not yet been submitted to Darlington Council, but the land does already have existing outline permission for up to 250 houses which was renewed after being granted in 2009.
A public consultation held by St Modwen to hear the opinions of local residents ends tomorrow (Friday, September 19) and more information about the scheme can be found at www.england-lyle.co.uk
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