Councillor backs residents in fight against development proposals

A COUNCILLOR has given his backing to a campaign by local residents to prevent housing development on a green field site.

Councillor Tom Nutt, ward member for Haughton North, said he had concerns about the inclusion of land at Muscar Farm, off Barmpton Lane, on the edge of Darlington, as a potential site for future housing in a council development plan.

People living close to the land have said they will fight against the proposals put forward by Darlington Borough Council to build up to 90 homes on the farmland site and Cllr Nutt said he will support that fight.

He said: “I have concerns and I have myself submitted those concerns. The only access and egress to the site will be on a dangerous bend at Barmpton Lane.

“There are concerns about access to buses, schools and doctors surgeries and I support the residents in this.

“Over the past 30 or 40 years we have had to expand Whinfield and we may have to take our share of future expansion but it must be kept to an absolute minimum and challenges made to unsuitable planning applications.”

Consultation on the council’s Making and Growing Places document, which includes the Muscar Farm site, has ended, with the council expected to put forward formal proposals for development sites later this year.

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7:56pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Chocmonster7 says...

So glad to hear that at least one Labour Councillor in Darlington has the guts to stand with his constituants against what the Council are trying to force through.

Just wish those in the Cockerton East ward had the same amount of courage to help their residents fight against the plans to build on Bellburn Lane Field!
So glad to hear that at least one Labour Councillor in Darlington has the guts to stand with his constituants against what the Council are trying to force through. Just wish those in the Cockerton East ward had the same amount of courage to help their residents fight against the plans to build on Bellburn Lane Field! Chocmonster7
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8:08pm Wed 30 Jul 14

CassEB says...

All Cockerton East Councillors say is that it's a done deal! Of course their leader Bill is on record as stating that as the land belongs to the council they can DICTATE what happens to it!
All Cockerton East Councillors say is that it's a done deal! Of course their leader Bill is on record as stating that as the land belongs to the council they can DICTATE what happens to it! CassEB
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8:24pm Wed 30 Jul 14

oliviaden6 says...

Its a democracy only when Billy says so, lets pray to god when the election comes he and his mob of cretins are shown the door!
Its a democracy only when Billy says so, lets pray to god when the election comes he and his mob of cretins are shown the door! oliviaden6
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2:42am Thu 31 Jul 14

maw.si says...

oliviaden6 wrote:
Its a democracy only when Billy says so, lets pray to god when the election comes he and his mob of cretins are shown the door!
Can you really see the town of Darlington not having a labour council?,
Enjoy another 4 years of Mr Bill Dixon Killing your town after the May election.
[quote][p][bold]oliviaden6[/bold] wrote: Its a democracy only when Billy says so, lets pray to god when the election comes he and his mob of cretins are shown the door![/p][/quote]Can you really see the town of Darlington not having a labour council?, Enjoy another 4 years of Mr Bill Dixon Killing your town after the May election. maw.si
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