Former Durham dairy could become housing estate

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A FORMER dairy site which had been earmarked for a £12.5m business park could instead become a housing estate.

The Stonebridge dairy site, near Neville’s Cross, Durham, has stood empty since the Express Dairy, which closed in 2006, was demolished around 2008.

In 2008, developers Helios City won planning permission to build a business park, with 6,200sq metres of office space.

However, the development never went ahead and the site has become an eyesore off the A690.

Now Gentoo, the Sunderland-based housing group, has applied for consent to build 29 homes on the site.

The estate would include two five two-bedroom homes, 11 with three bedrooms and 13 with four. Of these, six would be classed as “affordable”.

They would be built in a U-shape parallel to the A690, with most accessed from an estate road off Dairy Lane but also some facing Dairy Lane itself.

The plot has been identified as suitable and available for housing by Durham County Council and Gentoo says the brownfield site has good transport links and views of open fields.

In a supporting statement, the firm says: “The design of the scheme has been carefully considered to take into account the site features, surrounding area and local setting and aims to create a strong sense of place in line with local policy.

“The scheme makes efficient use of the site while being at a density low enough to respect the character of the area and protect existing residential amenity whilst meeting housing need in the area by providing a range of housing in terms of size, type and tenure.”

However, there are concerns about the development’s impact on traffic.

Michael Leonard, of nearby Creamery Cottages, said getting onto the A690 would be “almost impossible” and suggested building a mini-roundabout at either end of Dairy Lane.

The scheme is expected to go before a Durham County Council planning committee in the next few months.

Gentoo is already working on the site, building a new £2m headquarters for the Church of England’s Durham Diocese.

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6:00pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Chippy70 says...

Applying for planning permission? What? I live very close to this site and they are already building.
Applying for planning permission? What? I live very close to this site and they are already building. Chippy70
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9:36pm Sun 27 Apr 14

settheworldonfire says...

Chippy70 wrote:
Applying for planning permission? What? I live very close to this site and they are already building.
Backhanders already paid out i see......
[quote][p][bold]Chippy70[/bold] wrote: Applying for planning permission? What? I live very close to this site and they are already building.[/p][/quote]Backhanders already paid out i see...... settheworldonfire
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12:03pm Mon 28 Apr 14

whyeye says...

Quick there's a space knock up some nasty new builds!!!!

yes i am being sarcastic mind you i suppose it IS better than a business park..
Quick there's a space knock up some nasty new builds!!!! yes i am being sarcastic mind you i suppose it IS better than a business park.. whyeye
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8:49pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Chippy70 says...

whyeye wrote:
Quick there's a space knock up some nasty new builds!!!!

yes i am being sarcastic mind you i suppose it IS better than a business park..
Aye, mind you it is part business park (well its more just an office block) the steelwork is already up for that bit and the houses should start soon towards the other end more opposite the filling station. Access will be the main problem and when potential buyers see what its like during the morning school run time they may struggle to sell them. Still at least it is a brown field site and cant look any worse than the old dairy I suppose. Also it may bring a bit custom for The Stonebridge Pub.
[quote][p][bold]whyeye[/bold] wrote: Quick there's a space knock up some nasty new builds!!!! yes i am being sarcastic mind you i suppose it IS better than a business park..[/p][/quote]Aye, mind you it is part business park (well its more just an office block) the steelwork is already up for that bit and the houses should start soon towards the other end more opposite the filling station. Access will be the main problem and when potential buyers see what its like during the morning school run time they may struggle to sell them. Still at least it is a brown field site and cant look any worse than the old dairy I suppose. Also it may bring a bit custom for The Stonebridge Pub. Chippy70
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