Durham Tees Valley Airport acknowledges need for extra school places

MASTER PLAN: Durham Tees Valley Airport

MASTER PLAN: Durham Tees Valley Airport

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A NORTH-EAST airport has acknowledged that it would have to pay for extra local school places if it went ahead with a 400-home housing estate.

Members of the Durham Tees Valley Airport (DTVA) consultative committee broadly backed a draft master plan, which aims to secure the airport’s long-term future, when they met on Wednesday.

However, members of the committee repeated concerns that a proposed housing estate of up to 400 homes would put a strain on local services, including education and health provision.

The master plan proposes the sale of land beside the airport to raise money to make the airport viable, including the building of new hangars.

But Doris Jones, Darlington Borough Council member for Middleton St George, told the meeting: “It’s okay for the airport to survive but how do we survive?

“Is this really the only way that the airport can survive – by putting 400 extra houses in our ward?

“What will be the next piece of land being sold until we have Durham Tees Valley housing estate?

Residents of Middleton St George say the village school and GP practice are both full.

Coun Jones said the village was raising £15,000 to hire planning consultants to examine the airport proposal and other plans for housing developments in the village.

“As a parish council it’s breaking us,” she added.

In response, Peter Nears, the airport's strategic planning director and author of the DTVA Master Plan 2020 and Beyond, said he accepted that the extra homes would put pressure on local schools.

He added: “I’m open to the principle that there will be a contribution to education provision in Middleton St George.”

He added that discussions would take place with Darlington Borough Council and the Middleton St George Parish Council if a planning application for the homes was submitted.

He added that the link between pressure on health services and extra homes was “less clear”.

The consultation process for the master plan ends on Friday, January 10.

Responses from local residents, businesses and statutory consultees would be examined, before being added to the master plan, Mr Nears said.

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6:11pm Wed 8 Jan 14

onionseller says...

It would be appalling if 400 New houses were given the go ahead.
Are Darlington borough council wanting to turn Middleton st George into another Ingelby Barwick? But without the infrastructure to support it....
It would be appalling if 400 New houses were given the go ahead. Are Darlington borough council wanting to turn Middleton st George into another Ingelby Barwick? But without the infrastructure to support it.... onionseller
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6:51pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Darloresident says...

Since when has any airport secured its future by building a housing estate on its land??
The only future for Teesside airport is a lingering death..
Peel have got their way with no opposition from the elected representatives who should be protecting vital North East transport links..The councils and our local MPs should hang their heads in shame.
Since when has any airport secured its future by building a housing estate on its land?? The only future for Teesside airport is a lingering death.. Peel have got their way with no opposition from the elected representatives who should be protecting vital North East transport links..The councils and our local MPs should hang their heads in shame. Darloresident
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12:18am Thu 9 Jan 14

grandmab says...

Who on earth in their right mind would buy a house next to an airport? They will probably be unsold, like most of the new builds, and then snapped up by housing authorities who will fill them with ? This has happened near us in Harrowgate hill and they are giving us 2 or 3 hundred more right next to them. They destroyed two schools to make way for the houses . We are paying a high price for the national cuts to councils and they figure the only way to make money is collect council tax from more homes. Wonder how much they get when most of the folks are on benefit?
Who on earth in their right mind would buy a house next to an airport? They will probably be unsold, like most of the new builds, and then snapped up by housing authorities who will fill them with ? This has happened near us in Harrowgate hill and they are giving us 2 or 3 hundred more right next to them. They destroyed two schools to make way for the houses . We are paying a high price for the national cuts to councils and they figure the only way to make money is collect council tax from more homes. Wonder how much they get when most of the folks are on benefit? grandmab
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12:59am Thu 9 Jan 14

Spy Boy says...

Money could be made, but would it just be trousered by Peel for their other airports and shareholders ? If this goes ahead the money should be ring fenced for development of the airport, for the extensions to local schools and improvements to the local infrastructure. This should be agreed up front.
Money could be made, but would it just be trousered by Peel for their other airports and shareholders ? If this goes ahead the money should be ring fenced for development of the airport, for the extensions to local schools and improvements to the local infrastructure. This should be agreed up front. Spy Boy
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1:48pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Jaga says...

"Who on earth in their right mind would buy a house next to an airport?". Those who do not think that the airport will be there much longer.
"Who on earth in their right mind would buy a house next to an airport?". Those who do not think that the airport will be there much longer. Jaga
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