New housing scheme for Ushaw Moor approved

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A MULTI-MILLION pound scheme to build 167 new homes on the edge of a village has been approved despite a recommendation by council officials that it be rejected because of the potential for increased traffic congestion.

Durham county councillors unanimously endorsed the plans for land north of Ladysmith Terrace, Ushaw Moor, near Durham, following an impassioned plea from community leaders for new development in the village.

Taylor Wimpey has won permission to construct the £13m housing estate on a 5.5-hectare greenfield site. Thirty three dwellings will be “affordable” two or three bedroom homes, while the others will be three or four bedroom detached houses.

Recommending refusal, planning officers said traffic generated would add to already saturated junctions on the A167 and A690 at peak times and would lead to “severe cumulative impacts upon the transport network”.

Speaking in favour of the scheme, Phil Stoddart of Brandon and Byshottles Parish Council, said: “This development will improve the visual image of our village and will help support schools, shops post office and jobs and local transport. It will also give the village the kickstart it needs.”

Ward councillor Jean Chaplow added: “This will help generate houses and bring families into Ushaw Moor. We have capacity in our three schools for extra children.”

Objector Sally Dixon, speaking on behalf of residents of Ladysmith Terrace, said their homes would be directly overlooked by the new housing and she agreed with concerns raised by the highways officers.

Monsignor John Marsland, president of landowners Ushaw College, which closed as seminary in June 2011, said: “The financial receipts generated from the scheme will provide much-needed funds for Ushaw College and will contribute toward the new future of this important asset.”

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3:21pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Longbowman666 says...

Love it when the same statements as have been used so many times before to justify such developments get used again ' Will kickstart the village' and 'will improve the image' etc,etc.

Other villages have had developments such as these, and have they been 'kickstarted' or had their 'image improved' ? Nope - they look the same and have the same problems as they did before, and with no inward investment. However, one thing has changed - the vast amount of traffic that has been generated and that now blights people's lives.

So I hope that all those who are in favour of them are of the same opinion when they are sitting in their cars and buses whilst stuck in traffic jams at Neville's Cross and through Bearpark during peak hours, 'cos even with the much vaunted 'bypasses' that DCC are wanting to build, it's not going to get any better!
Love it when the same statements as have been used so many times before to justify such developments get used again ' Will kickstart the village' and 'will improve the image' etc,etc. Other villages have had developments such as these, and have they been 'kickstarted' or had their 'image improved' ? Nope - they look the same and have the same problems as they did before, and with no inward investment. However, one thing has changed - the vast amount of traffic that has been generated and that now blights people's lives. So I hope that all those who are in favour of them are of the same opinion when they are sitting in their cars and buses whilst stuck in traffic jams at Neville's Cross and through Bearpark during peak hours, 'cos even with the much vaunted 'bypasses' that DCC are wanting to build, it's not going to get any better! Longbowman666
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