Consultation events held for revised Darlington homes plan

The Advertiser Series: CONSULTATION WELCOMED: Councillor Chris McEwan, who has welcomed the consultation CONSULTATION WELCOMED: Councillor Chris McEwan, who has welcomed the consultation

RESIDENTS are being urged to have their say on revised plans for thousands of new homes in Darlington.

Last summer, Darlington Borough Council received hundreds of responses to a consultation on its Making and Growing Places development plan, which highlighted areas for potential development in the borough up to 2026.

Following the consultation, planners have produced a revised draft policy, which includes plans for around 6,200 homes, including two options for a 350-home development in the Harrowgate Hill area.

Around 400 fewer homes are now planned for the Central Park area. The number of proposed homes for land to the east of Red Hall, Haughton and Great Burdon has been increased.

The plans were approved by members of the council’s cabinet on April 29, and residents will now be able to have their say on the plans.

Councillor Chris McEwan, the council's cabinet member for economy and regeneration, welcomed the consultation.

He said: “New housing is essential to support our ambitions for economic growth and a better quality of life for all.”

Consultation will run from Friday, May 23 to Friday, July 4 and five public events will be also held for nearby residents.

Events will take place at St Mary’s Cockerton Community Centre, June 18, 4.30pm to 6.30pm; St Andrew’s Church Hall, Haughton, June 19, 5pm to 7pm; Whessoe Parish Hall, June 25, 5pm to 7pm; Darlington market, June 28, 10am to 2pm, and Gurney Pease Primary School, June 30, 5pm to 7pm.

Written responses can be sent to planning.policy@darlington.gov.uk or Freepost DL64, Planning Policy, Darlington Borough Council, Darlington, DL1 5BS.

Comment forms can also be filled in at the town hall, the library or at darlington.gov.uk/mgp

Alternatively call 01325-388644.

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3:24pm Wed 14 May 14

JJ2000 says...

'Houses are important for economic growth.'

Is that:
A) Genuine economic growth i.e. more people to take on more jobs to benefit local and national business, trade and social development?
Or
B) Pseudo-economic growth i.e. more houses in circulation to allow lenders to loan money and claim successful economic growth on the interest and profit of the lenders rather than on physical business, trade and social development.

If A, then there needs to be a huge influx of employment opportunities to support the additional 6000+ households. This may take some time.

If B, then it looks like the UK are exactly replicating the conditions that caused the problems in the first place.
'Houses are important for economic growth.' Is that: A) Genuine economic growth i.e. more people to take on more jobs to benefit local and national business, trade and social development? Or B) Pseudo-economic growth i.e. more houses in circulation to allow lenders to loan money and claim successful economic growth on the interest and profit of the lenders rather than on physical business, trade and social development. If A, then there needs to be a huge influx of employment opportunities to support the additional 6000+ households. This may take some time. If B, then it looks like the UK are exactly replicating the conditions that caused the problems in the first place. JJ2000
  • Score: 1

4:44pm Wed 14 May 14

mikyman says...

Another 'sham' consultation
Bill and his mates going through the motions.
The planners admitted that they had received a lot of comments expressing opposition to the Bellburn Lane site, yet our councillors told me that there had been little opposition !!
If anyone wants to protest about this proposal to destroy open land full details of what is happening can be found at www.bellburngreenspa
ce.btck.co.uk
Remember planners can only recommend, its your COUNCILLORS who vote it through.
Isn't there an election next year?
Another 'sham' consultation Bill and his mates going through the motions. The planners admitted that they had received a lot of comments expressing opposition to the Bellburn Lane site, yet our councillors told me that there had been little opposition !! If anyone wants to protest about this proposal to destroy open land full details of what is happening can be found at www.bellburngreenspa ce.btck.co.uk Remember planners can only recommend, its your COUNCILLORS who vote it through. Isn't there an election next year? mikyman
  • Score: 6

6:59pm Wed 14 May 14

Spy Boy says...

They have us pinned down here. We can go and protest and they'll just sit there and read from the council hymn sheet and then do what they like. We know this happens and don't bother to waste our time and then they say that you had your chance and no one came. This is the sick state of affairs in Darlington's local government.
They have us pinned down here. We can go and protest and they'll just sit there and read from the council hymn sheet and then do what they like. We know this happens and don't bother to waste our time and then they say that you had your chance and no one came. This is the sick state of affairs in Darlington's local government. Spy Boy
  • Score: 1

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