Politicians agree housing development on industrial site would be 'crazy'

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OPPOSING councillors set aside party politics and agreed it would be ‘crazy’ to allow a developer to build houses on land earmarked for industrial use.

Developer St Modwen wants to build 600 homes on land it owns between Whessoe Road and Faverdale Industrial Estate.

Those plans now look doomed to failure, after Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet voted to refuse to grant permission for St Modwen to use council-owned land for an access road to the proposed development, which had been dubbed Faverdale Garden Village.

Cabinet members agreed to work with St Modwen to develop the land for employment use and would allow access roads to be built if the land was being used for that purpose.

Council leader Bill Dixon and opposite number Heather Scott, who attends cabinet in her role as leader of the Conservative group, agreed that the land was unsuitable for housing.

Coun Dixon said: “This is purely industrial land, it would be crazy to use it for housing when there is sufficient land for housing elsewhere in the borough.

“What we may be short of is industrial land.”

Coun Scott added: “I agree totally. It is important that we have got as much land available as possible for this kind of [industrial] development.

“It is crazy even considering putting up housing there.”

No one from St Modwen was present at Tuesday's (March 4) meeting.

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1:20pm Sun 9 Mar 14

oliviaden6 says...

Whilst it is a shame that this is being vetoed by both sides of the political divide we still need housing, is it a case that the council will shoe horn houses in every little nook and cranny they deem available under the five year plan/scheme. They will no doubt try and sell of any green playing field or space just to meet there own ends, it is a shame but with this c ouncil nothing is off the table as long as they make good on their own agendas. In saying the above we still need our green spaces and we still need industrial spaces but do they really believe companies are queuing up to come here i think not.
Whilst it is a shame that this is being vetoed by both sides of the political divide we still need housing, is it a case that the council will shoe horn houses in every little nook and cranny they deem available under the five year plan/scheme. They will no doubt try and sell of any green playing field or space just to meet there own ends, it is a shame but with this c ouncil nothing is off the table as long as they make good on their own agendas. In saying the above we still need our green spaces and we still need industrial spaces but do they really believe companies are queuing up to come here i think not. oliviaden6
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2:02pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Homshaw1 says...

It's a good place for industry with easy access to the A1 and there are some large companies on Faverdale already. I don't know why companies are not queuing up to come here
It's a good place for industry with easy access to the A1 and there are some large companies on Faverdale already. I don't know why companies are not queuing up to come here Homshaw1
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8:06pm Sun 9 Mar 14

grandmab says...

oliviaden6 wrote:
Whilst it is a shame that this is being vetoed by both sides of the political divide we still need housing, is it a case that the council will shoe horn houses in every little nook and cranny they deem available under the five year plan/scheme. They will no doubt try and sell of any green playing field or space just to meet there own ends, it is a shame but with this c ouncil nothing is off the table as long as they make good on their own agendas. In saying the above we still need our green spaces and we still need industrial spaces but do they really believe companies are queuing up to come here i think not.
What you mean by housing is new builds I suppose. There are hundreds of empty houses in Darlington but every one is demanding a new one.
[quote][p][bold]oliviaden6[/bold] wrote: Whilst it is a shame that this is being vetoed by both sides of the political divide we still need housing, is it a case that the council will shoe horn houses in every little nook and cranny they deem available under the five year plan/scheme. They will no doubt try and sell of any green playing field or space just to meet there own ends, it is a shame but with this c ouncil nothing is off the table as long as they make good on their own agendas. In saying the above we still need our green spaces and we still need industrial spaces but do they really believe companies are queuing up to come here i think not.[/p][/quote]What you mean by housing is new builds I suppose. There are hundreds of empty houses in Darlington but every one is demanding a new one. grandmab
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4:22am Mon 10 Mar 14

Lionel1 says...

'CRAZY' Heather Scott. She may well be but there was no need to print it...
'CRAZY' Heather Scott. She may well be but there was no need to print it... Lionel1
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