Plans to build houses on site of defunct fire station have been approved (From The Advertiser Series)
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Plans to build houses on site of defunct fire station have been approved
6:05pm Friday 27th September 2013 in News
PLANS to build houses on the site of a defunct fire station have been approved despite objections form residents.
Durham County Council’s area planning committee (north) endorsed plans by Home Group Developments for 18 affordable houses on the site of a former fire station between Woodstone Village and Bournmoor, near Chester-le-Street.
Planning officers had recommended the scheme be approved subject to conditions to address concerns raised by the Highways Agency, Northumbrian Water and local residents.
The authority received three objections from residents, who agreed that the disused building should be demolished, but wanted to retain the site as a green buffer between the villages.
Residents also raised concerns about traffic, believing the planned use of the High Row one-way street to get in and out of the site may encourage people to break the law.
In the report, an objector said: "High Row has already seen a couple of near-misses and minor crashes with vehicles travelling against the one-way system."
There were also concerns that new buildings on the site would interrupt the wildlife corridor which follows the Lumley Burn from the River Wear to the new Elba Park.
The development will comprise a mix of two and three-bed homes, with the dwellings facing onto a central shared courtyard, with associated landscaping.
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