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Plans unveiled for 1,000 new homes at Peterlee
PLANS have been unveiled for a major housing developing on the edge of an east Durham town – with the promise of a £100m boost to the economy and the creation of more than 130 new jobs.
The proposals, for up to 1,000 homes, are earmarked for a 55 hectare site to the North-East of Peterlee, close to the A19.
The site has been identified by Durham County Council to meet Peterlee’s future housing requirements.
If approved the development would also include the creation of a public park, community woodland and wildlife area on existing farmland, close to the hamlet of Little Thorpe.
The proposals by the Stockton-based Southland Management Limited envisage a development of predominantly three, four and five-bedroom homes, with affordable housing comprising 15 per cent of the scheme.
Planning consultants Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners (NLP) is handling the planning application on behalf of Southlands.
NLP associate director Neil Westwick said: “The scheme is at the initial stages of preparation but is likely to include the creation of a new residential community, comprising of up to 1,000 new dwellings.
“This will be a major shot in the arm for the local economy producing a total new investment into the area of over £100m.”
He said the benefits would include 85 permanent jobs throughout the lifetime of the ten to 15-year build, a total construction value of about £89m, about £11m of government New Homes Bonus, and about £6m additional spending - creating around 49 jobs in retail and leisure.
Durham county councillor Gordon Tennant, member for Peterlee East, said: “These proposals have my full support.
“Peterlee is in desperate need of some new housing and development. This could be great news for the town.”
Two new access roads will be created from Essington Way and the Thorpe Road roundabout.
A community consultation event is being held at Acre Rigg Social Club, Lowhills Road, Peterlee, SR8 2DW, from 4pm to 7.30pm on Monday and Tuesday.
Alternatively, people can register their views by calling Neil Westwick or Alexandra Crowe of NLP on 0191-2615685.
A full planning application is expected to be submitted to Durham County Council later this year.
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