Housing plans dropped - but development plans still loom

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to build 24 houses on a popular conservation area have been dropped - but council chiefs still plan to develop the land.

Darlington Borough Council has abandoned plans for 24 homes at Eggleston View, close to the Cocker Beck conservation area.

The proposals were dropped following a period of public consultation that attracted strong opposition from local residents and community groups.

The Friends of Cocker Beck group scrutinised the plans closely and criticised the council, saying bosses contradicted their own strategies in a bid to build on the much-loved conservation area, which was previously deemed unsuitable for development.

The group claimed the development would infringe on the area, spoil valuable green space, threaten wildlife and present a flood risk.

Council chiefs have given up on plans for 24 homes, but are working on a revised planning appliction, containing fewer homes.

Friends of Cocker Beck spokeswoman Jan Needham said: “If they tried to build on it again in the future, our argument would be the same, we don’t want any building at all down there.”

John Anderson, the council's assistant director for economic initiatives, said: "Due to concerns expressed through the consultation process, we have withdrawn the application on the basis that it wasn’t suitable for the site.

"We’re now looking at a different way to develop the land and based on feedback from residents, any future proposals will be on a smaller scale."

The proposals had formed part of the council’s Making and Growing Places masterplan, which aims to establish thousands of new homes in the town by 2026.

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10:10am Tue 26 Aug 14

LUSTARD says...

dont party too soon, to me they are still going to build but just not so many, youll have to keep your eye on the ball, and oh its not strategic listening to the community near an election is it, forgive my cyncisism, dear me cynisism, cinisism, cynisism, balls i give up.
dont party too soon, to me they are still going to build but just not so many, youll have to keep your eye on the ball, and oh its not strategic listening to the community near an election is it, forgive my cyncisism, dear me cynisism, cinisism, cynisism, balls i give up. LUSTARD
  • Score: 8

8:39pm Tue 26 Aug 14

hodjie says...

friends of cocker beck ? what a load of crap ! if you want a bit of land to play with ,buy some ! what sad individuals ! build the homes !why should people be denied a house ? if the so called friends of the beck want it ,charge them for it !see how much they want it then !
friends of cocker beck ? what a load of crap ! if you want a bit of land to play with ,buy some ! what sad individuals ! build the homes !why should people be denied a house ? if the so called friends of the beck want it ,charge them for it !see how much they want it then ! hodjie
  • Score: -4

12:05am Wed 27 Aug 14

Spy Boy says...

hodjie wrote:
friends of cocker beck ? what a load of crap ! if you want a bit of land to play with ,buy some ! what sad individuals ! build the homes !why should people be denied a house ? if the so called friends of the beck want it ,charge them for it !see how much they want it then !
There are so many sites that would benefit from new housing developments, but not our green spaces. This is the issue and it's great that people will stand up for the town and what's left of our green space.
[quote][p][bold]hodjie[/bold] wrote: friends of cocker beck ? what a load of crap ! if you want a bit of land to play with ,buy some ! what sad individuals ! build the homes !why should people be denied a house ? if the so called friends of the beck want it ,charge them for it !see how much they want it then ![/p][/quote]There are so many sites that would benefit from new housing developments, but not our green spaces. This is the issue and it's great that people will stand up for the town and what's left of our green space. Spy Boy
  • Score: 4

9:59pm Wed 27 Aug 14

hodjie says...

our green spaces ? they arent ours at all ! a few houses on that huge piece of land would of made no difference at all ! the problem is we need extra housing but no one wants it near them ! why dont you recommend all your sites for new housing and it would save the council and planning a job !
our green spaces ? they arent ours at all ! a few houses on that huge piece of land would of made no difference at all ! the problem is we need extra housing but no one wants it near them ! why dont you recommend all your sites for new housing and it would save the council and planning a job ! hodjie
  • Score: 1

8:55pm Wed 3 Sep 14

tillyshaw says...

....a few houses....would make no difference at all...

Fact....residents cannot get house insurance on this land already as it is a floodplain.
Fact....more concrete on green space creates 'run off' where more flooding occurs due to rainfall being unable to soak away naturally like it would into grassland.
Fact.....DBC made a mistake with a cross reference with cabinet minutes and changed the site to 'suitable for building' when the reference related to another site.
....a few houses....would make no difference at all... Fact....residents cannot get house insurance on this land already as it is a floodplain. Fact....more concrete on green space creates 'run off' where more flooding occurs due to rainfall being unable to soak away naturally like it would into grassland. Fact.....DBC made a mistake with a cross reference with cabinet minutes and changed the site to 'suitable for building' when the reference related to another site. tillyshaw
  • Score: 0

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