Councillor Bill Dixon, leader of Darlington Borough Council, supports development on Firthmoor estate

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A COUNCIL leader has backed plans to build 24 homes on recreational land in Darlington despite strong opposition from residents.

Councillor Bill Dixon, leader of Darlington Borough Council, said erecting the properties on a narrow stretch of land between Buxton Moor Crescent and Edgemoor Road, on the Moorfield estate, in Firthmoor, would help ease the town’s lack of affordable housing.

More than 200 residents have signed a petition to stop the 14 two-bedroom and ten three-bedroom home development, which would be split into rent-to-buy and affordable rental properties.

However, Coun Dixon, ward member for Eastbourne, said the plans, put forward by North-East social landlord Vela, were important in reducing Darlington’s housing shortage.

He said: “If this was the last of the public open spaces, I could understand the campaign to stop the houses, but there is plenty of open space in this area and it has always been identified for housing.

“The need for social housing outweighs the objections, and we have an opportunity to build some quality homes.

“I can understand some of the residents not liking change, but people have to live somewhere.”

Residents say the grassed area, which includes a small football pitch, is regularly used by children and hosts parties throughout the summer.

The deadline for responses to Darlington Borough Council over the plans has passed and a decision is expected in March.

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2:40pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Spy Boy says...

I thought that you were not allowed to build on spaces set aside for leisure / recreational use. How did the rules get changed so quickly ? It's like DBC wanting to build even more executive homes on the green belt off Grange Road. How is this allowed to go ahead ?

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I thought that you were not allowed to build on spaces set aside for leisure / recreational use. How did the rules get changed so quickly ? It's like DBC wanting to build even more executive homes on the green belt off Grange Road. How is this allowed to go ahead ? Answers to the editor, or just tack them on here. Spy Boy
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2:46pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Spy Boy says...

BTW. I thought that the promised Central Park development was supposed to provide hundreds of affordable houses. If someone actually got this long winded project in hand they wouldn't be pestering the folk on Firthmoor. It doesn't seem that the people in Cllr Dixon's area are getting their way as the council will always do what they do best and walk all over them and do what they wanted to do anyway. Folks on Firthmoor may well remember this when the elections come around.
BTW. I thought that the promised Central Park development was supposed to provide hundreds of affordable houses. If someone actually got this long winded project in hand they wouldn't be pestering the folk on Firthmoor. It doesn't seem that the people in Cllr Dixon's area are getting their way as the council will always do what they do best and walk all over them and do what they wanted to do anyway. Folks on Firthmoor may well remember this when the elections come around. Spy Boy
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