Residents object to plans for new homes near Bishop Auckland

PLANS for 61 new homes near Bishop Auckland have been submitted to Durham County Council, prompting objections from some residents.

Gleeson Homes and Regeneration has applied for planning permission to build the houses in Dovecot Hill, South Church.

Five objections to the two, three and four bedroom houses have been submitted online, with residents arguing that the development will block their picturesque views.

One resident said: “My objections are based on the amount of extra traffic that will be generated by the 61 proposed homes. The industrial estate traffic is already very high, and access can be difficult entering West View and Bigland Terrace because of the high volume of road traffic.

“My other objection is I do not wish to have my view blocked by fencing. We bought our home because of the view, there were no planning applications for new homes 20 years ago and that was why we bought our property. Will we be compensated for the loss of our view.”

The resident, of West View, in South Church, also raised concerns around the wildlife that lives on the land, arguing that rare bird life could be affected.

Another resident, also of West View, agreed the increase in traffic could be an issue, and said: “Personally this will seriously affect the quality of my life and privacy. I will have at least five new houses on two sides of my home, cutting off all views I have from the property and much of the light to my garden.

“This would no longer be West View but would have to be renamed West Blocked.”

The land has been vacant since 2012 when allotments were removed which were there since the 1920s.

In a document submitted with the application, it states: “The applicants (Gleeson homes) have undertaken considerable pre-application dialogue with architects, local residents, consultants and relevant officers at the council to ensure the scheme not only delivers high quality design but also responds to the aspirations of the local community.”

Durham County Council planning officers will make a decision on the application in due course.

The public has until Monday, August 18, to comment at durham.gov.uk

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2:30pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Steve Cousins says...

As one of the residents of West View that has put in an objection to the development I can assure you that Gleeson homes's pre-application dialogue with local residents has not been extensive. In fact, as far as I am aware, none of us has living in West View have ever been approached by them. Dr. Steve Cousins
As one of the residents of West View that has put in an objection to the development I can assure you that Gleeson homes's pre-application dialogue with local residents has not been extensive. In fact, as far as I am aware, none of us has living in West View have ever been approached by them. Dr. Steve Cousins Steve Cousins
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9:30pm Mon 11 Aug 14

lisa75j says...

As a resident of West View, I can also assure you that Gleeson homes have not been in contact with any of the residents the proposed plans affect.

Also the land was supposed to be left as an open space, DCC planners check your records!
As a resident of West View, I can also assure you that Gleeson homes have not been in contact with any of the residents the proposed plans affect. Also the land was supposed to be left as an open space, DCC planners check your records! lisa75j
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9:56am Thu 14 Aug 14

Clairet73 says...

It would be very informative of the local council and Northern Echo to inform residents when the proposed plans where shared with residents. Where these plans shared when the majority of people were at work?
Although you state that only a few objections have been raised do and will the council contact residents who do not have access to the web?

It sounds as though another deal has been struck and regardless of residents views the properties will be build, blocking light from homes, lights from residents garden, increased volume of traffic on a already busy road and junction and spoiling a close knit community.
In such a small area there are already a number of unlived properties and a few fallen into a state of disrepair, will Gleeson homes be helping to fill these homes and improve local ammenities as these street still have unkept roads and overhead electric cables? Surely looking at these and improving standards of living for residents should be a priority?
Does the whole of Bishop Auckaln need more homes when many already stand empty?
It would be very informative of the local council and Northern Echo to inform residents when the proposed plans where shared with residents. Where these plans shared when the majority of people were at work? Although you state that only a few objections have been raised do and will the council contact residents who do not have access to the web? It sounds as though another deal has been struck and regardless of residents views the properties will be build, blocking light from homes, lights from residents garden, increased volume of traffic on a already busy road and junction and spoiling a close knit community. In such a small area there are already a number of unlived properties and a few fallen into a state of disrepair, will Gleeson homes be helping to fill these homes and improve local ammenities as these street still have unkept roads and overhead electric cables? Surely looking at these and improving standards of living for residents should be a priority? Does the whole of Bishop Auckaln need more homes when many already stand empty? Clairet73
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