Housing bid revealed while another stalls

A PROPOSAL to build hundreds more new homes on the edge of Spennymoor has been revealed by a developer.

Gladman Developments wants to build around 300 homes on land off Durham Road, in Middlestone Moor.

The Cheshire-based firm has begun consulting councillors and residents and has sent an outline of the proposed scheme to 650 households in a bid to gather feedback before pursuing planning consent.

The site is around 34 acres in size and the company describes the 300 houses it wants to build as ‘high quality family homes, of which 10 per cent would be affordable homes suitable for local people’.

The houses would be of varying sizes, types and tenures and new landscape planting would complement existing hedgerows and trees.

Gladman states that over a quarter of the site would be public open spaces with recreational facilities, including a children’s play area.

The company has said all comments received during the consultation exercise will be taken into account before the final plan is drawn up and a planning application submitted to Durham County Council.

Meanwhile, work is yet to start on a plan for 46 houses nearby, on the former Middlestone Moor County Junior Mixed School playing field.

Last July, Durham County Council’s planning committee agreed it was minded to approve the scheme by Keepmoat, which was referred to the Secretary of State for consideration.

The council has been told it can determine the application but some details are yet to be finalised.

A key consideration is that the Tudhoe Mill Sewerage Treatment Works serving the area is at full capacity.

Northumbrian Water planned to upgrade the plant by June 2015 to cope with the extra flow from a number of planned developments but now expects to complete the work in 2017.

Ian Prescott, land and partnerships director at Keepmoat, said: “If this remains their target date we would envisage works starting on site in the latter half of 2016 with the first homes been completed and occupied in 2017.”

A spokesperson said the delay should not impact upon longer term plans such as Gladman’s proposal.

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7:48pm Fri 30 May 14

peter laidler says...

For heavens sake Durham CC, the last thing Spennymoor needs at this point in time are yet more houses. Keep going at this rate and we shall soon be twinned with Bishop Auckland on the one hand and Chilton on the other. There is simply not the demand to outstrip current housing plans and the infrastructure in and around the town is not fit for purpose
For heavens sake Durham CC, the last thing Spennymoor needs at this point in time are yet more houses. Keep going at this rate and we shall soon be twinned with Bishop Auckland on the one hand and Chilton on the other. There is simply not the demand to outstrip current housing plans and the infrastructure in and around the town is not fit for purpose peter laidler
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8:19pm Sat 31 May 14

tubgut says...

Another demonstration of local Councillors being totally disconnected from the voting public they should remember UKIP were only 9% behind them in the EU election. It appears UKIP are here to stay, either they start listening to the public or the public might be minded to dump them on the street the next time they come up for election. Generating another 9% support wont be to difficult to drum up.
Another demonstration of local Councillors being totally disconnected from the voting public they should remember UKIP were only 9% behind them in the EU election. It appears UKIP are here to stay, either they start listening to the public or the public might be minded to dump them on the street the next time they come up for election. Generating another 9% support wont be to difficult to drum up. tubgut
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