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Consultation period open for 600-home plan for Darlington's Whessoe Road and Faverdale
UP to 600 new houses could be built on the outskirts of Darlington in an ambitious scheme under consultation.
Developer St Modwen has earmarked a 69-acre site in Faverdale, and brownfield land opposite at Whessoe Road to create the Faverdale Garden Village consisting of a small retail centre and 600 homes.
The proposed housing would be mixed and St Modwen wants to keep the existing commercial buildings at the southern end of the Whessoe Road site and create more business space at Faverdale.
There is an emphasis on green space in the scheme, with the proposals including parkland running right through the centre of the housing development.
Connections to Darlington’s existing cycle network would also be made, along with the potential for a bus link to the east of the town.
A public consultation event was held on Thursday where detailed plans and artists’ impressions of the development were on display and interested parties have until Friday to register their views on the scheme.
Nick Whittingham, land director at St Modwen, said: “The community consultation is an opportunity for local residents to give their feedback on the proposed development plans and influence the layout of the scheme.
“Our proposal for a residential-led mixed-use development on land at Faverdale 58 and Whessoe Road would deliver a broad mix of housing to help meet the housing needs of the region, including a significant amount of affordable housing.
“The views of local people are very important which is why we recently held a consultation event to share our proposals, meet local people and listen to what they have to say.
“We have received positive feedback from the people who attended the consultation.
“This is just the start of the process as we consider submitting an outline planning application to Darlington Borough Council.
“The land already has the benefit of planning consent for up to 250 houses and a million square feet of employment space.”
Darlington Borough Council recently projected that 5,800 new homes will be built in Darlington by 2026 and a large swathe of the Faverdale area was identified as being suitable for housing in the council’s draft development document.
A planning application for the Faverdale Garden Village has not yet been made and anybody who would like to view the plans can do so by visiting www.england-lyle.co.uk/consultation
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