Application for 76 home development on Eastbourne School site submitted (From The Advertiser Series)
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Application for 76 home development on Eastbourne School site submitted
PLANS for a new affordable housing estate on the site of a former secondary school have been submitted to councillors.
The application for 76 homes on land where Eastbourne Comprehensive School once stood has been submitted to Darlington Borough Council by Esh Developments, working with housing association Coast and Country Homes.
The developer is looking to build a mix of two, three and four bedroom homes at the site on The Fairway, close to Yarm Road, which is surrounded by residential areas.
Of the 76 proposed homes, 43 have been classified as affordable rented homes; 17 shared ownership homes and 16 homes available for the open market.
The scheme has been boosted by a grant of £906,253 awarded by the Homes and Communities Agency from its 2011-2015 Affordable Homes Programme, which the developer describes as “a significant investment in affordable housing in Darlington”.
Residents living near the proposed development will be asked to submit their comments to the council’s planning committee as part of the application process.
In a design and access statement submitted to planners, the developers state that the former school site can be considered brownfield land.
However, there is a requirement that a section of land to the south west of the site remains an open and green space.
Access to the new estate would come from The Fairway to the south and Bourne Avenue to the west.
In a statement to the planning committee, the developers state: “The affordable rent and shared ownership homes are pepper-potted throughout the site, making for an attractive and sustainable community.
“This will ensure that the scheme is an attractive and safe place to live.
“There is a particular need in Darlington for affordable housing, housing for people with disabilities and housing for older people. The proposals being put forward for Eastbourne School site address all of these identified needs.”
Eastbourne School, once one of the oldest school’s in Darlington, was demolished in January last year after the school moved to a new modern facility nearby in 2009, when it was renamed St Aiden’s Academy.
The land is owned by Darlington Borough Council, which earmarked it for development when the school closed.
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