Step forward for town centre regeneration blueprint

First published in News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter (Darlington)

COUNCILLORS have approved a raft of measures aimed at guiding the ambitious “once-in-a-lifetime” regeneration of a North-East town centre.

Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet met on Tuesday (December 4) evening to discuss the principles on which future town planning will be based, following months of public consultation.

Council officers will hold talks with developers on a possible food store in the Northgate area of the town.

Developer Lateral Property Group, which wants to build the supermarket, claims its proposals could create hundreds of jobs in the town.

Plans for the supermarket on the Garden Street car park, behind Northgate, are at the early stage, with a consultation and planning process expected in the New Year.

The plan could also see the see the two parts of Northgate that are currently separated by the inner ring road being reconnected, with members approving spending of £70,000 on feasibility work on remodelling the junction.

Members also agreed to spend £40,000 on a preliminary work on potential refurbishment of the town’s historic Covered Market.

The recommendations received cross-party support, with backing from both the ruling Labour group and the Conservatives.

Council leader Bill Dixon said: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shape the town centre our children and our grandchildren will inherit.

“If we have got a project we can all support, it has got a far greater chance of success.

“If you try to develop anything in the teeth of opposition, you might get it done, but it is not going to be very pretty.”

Conservative leader Heather Scott added: “Public consultation has resulted in some very good suggestions being put forward.

“The Conservative group is wholly behind the plan.”

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9:12am Wed 5 Dec 12

Madadrian says...

The great grandparents of the people of Darlington opened public toilets. This lot closed them. The town is like a third world favella just waiting for cholera to run riot.

The current lot running Darlington couldn't run a whelk stall. They are far to interested in the tens of thousands they cream out of council tax for councillors allowances.
The great grandparents of the people of Darlington opened public toilets. This lot closed them. The town is like a third world favella just waiting for cholera to run riot. The current lot running Darlington couldn't run a whelk stall. They are far to interested in the tens of thousands they cream out of council tax for councillors allowances. Madadrian
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2:50pm Wed 5 Dec 12

ST1100 says...

We stopped coming into Darlington a couple more than a couple of years ago as the parking seemed to be getting worse and more expensive and it now takes over an hour to get the 10 miles or so there if we used the bus.

Darlington needs (before anything else) a proper bus station in the centre of town that passengers can stay dry while waiting and changing busses.
We stopped coming into Darlington a couple more than a couple of years ago as the parking seemed to be getting worse and more expensive and it now takes over an hour to get the 10 miles or so there if we used the bus. Darlington needs (before anything else) a proper bus station in the centre of town that passengers can stay dry while waiting and changing busses. ST1100
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