Concerns raised over plans to demolish historic house to make way for six detached properties

The Northern Echo: Croft House, which could be demolished to make way for six detached houses Croft House, which could be demolished to make way for six detached houses

RESIDENTS have raised concerns over plans to demolish a Victorian house and replace it with six detached properties.

Broadacres Housing Association has submitted an application to Darlington Borough Council to demolish Croft House, in Tees Way, Hurworth Place, and replace it with four five-bedroom houses and two four-bedroom houses.

The proposal also includes plans for parking for up to 12 cars with a private access drive from the A167.

The 19th century house, which was built by Sir Ernest Cassell for his father and mother-in-law, lies on a flood plain close to the River Tees.

As a result, the application includes plans to build the houses approximately 1.5m above the surrounding area, allowing water to be directed away from the properties.

However residents have raised concerns, saying the plans do not include enough information on how the development will affect the neighbouring properties.

The site has been subject to a number of planning applications over the past few years, and Hurworth Place resident, Sue Williams said: “The residents who have had the applications hanging over them for over seven years are opposed to the demolition of the house which is of historical interest and is part of the estate that includes the nearby row of listed cottages.”

She added: “Flooding is a major issue, the homes are on the flood plain and the plans lack detailed consideration of how the development will affect the existing properties.

“The homes are two-and-a-half storeys high and are built on a plinth to protect them from flooding and residents are concerned about the height of the houses within this sensitive area.

“Overall the residents are concerned about the lack of detail in the plans, especially as they have not been approached by the developers.”

Councillor Martin Swainston said the application is a step in the right direction, but left a lot of questions in regards to flooding unanswered.

He also urged the developers to meet with residents and take their concerns on board.

“This is an area that floods and people have got a genuine concern that if someone builds there, where is the water going to go?” he said.

“If the building isn’t going to cause flooding and water displacement, I think it is something people would welcome and accept. If it does not, we will fight it tooth and claw.”

Nobody at Broadacres Housing Association was available for comment.

Residents have until January 29 to submit their views on the application.

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4:21pm Sun 26 Jan 14

grandmab says...

Why is this even being considered? Even on plinths the natural erosion will degrade these over time and the houses will be unsafe AGAIN! The construction of drains is woefully inadequate in the UK. In North America builders are mandated by law to divert runoff from rainwater and provide catchement basins to prevent such runoff from contaminating water ways. How far behind we are in thinking and planning. With all the building planned there will soon be no green spaces left.
Why is this even being considered? Even on plinths the natural erosion will degrade these over time and the houses will be unsafe AGAIN! The construction of drains is woefully inadequate in the UK. In North America builders are mandated by law to divert runoff from rainwater and provide catchement basins to prevent such runoff from contaminating water ways. How far behind we are in thinking and planning. With all the building planned there will soon be no green spaces left. grandmab

4:44pm Sun 26 Jan 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

Lets go by facts here,

1. You have a house in a flood area that I doubt anyone will buy, and no sain insurer will underwrite.

2. You have the chance of six new houses that A, will bring in money re council tax, as well as money to the area, and B, will give people a roof over their head, to which there is a shortage.

3. In this blame culture we live in, trust me the builders will not stick up six houses that will wash away with the first rains, and I just know they will build/design the relative flood defences to make sure of this.
There underwriters for the houses, so they can give a decent warranty, will be quite firm on this point also, unless there mad.
Lets go by facts here, 1. You have a house in a flood area that I doubt anyone will buy, and no sain insurer will underwrite. 2. You have the chance of six new houses that A, will bring in money re council tax, as well as money to the area, and B, will give people a roof over their head, to which there is a shortage. 3. In this blame culture we live in, trust me the builders will not stick up six houses that will wash away with the first rains, and I just know they will build/design the relative flood defences to make sure of this. There underwriters for the houses, so they can give a decent warranty, will be quite firm on this point also, unless there mad. NO EINSTEIN

9:09pm Sun 26 Jan 14

darloboss says...

Councillor Martin Swainston said the application is a step in the right direction,

??????? MADNESS
Councillor Martin Swainston said the application is a step in the right direction, ??????? MADNESS darloboss

8:36am Mon 27 Jan 14

Copley23 says...

So Broadacres have already bought this property NOT KNOWING whether they will be allowed planning or not.

So every time I moan and groan about HA's - - and get jumped upon by other commentators for being harsh - get a grip.

HA's are the absolute worst when it comes to land banking.....and they will have paid well over the odds too.

Don't think for one minute that this mess won't go through planning. It will.
So Broadacres have already bought this property NOT KNOWING whether they will be allowed planning or not. So every time I moan and groan about HA's - - and get jumped upon by other commentators for being harsh - get a grip. HA's are the absolute worst when it comes to land banking.....and they will have paid well over the odds too. Don't think for one minute that this mess won't go through planning. It will. Copley23

9:30am Mon 27 Jan 14

oliviaden6 says...

Bill and his Buddies will pass this as it will be 6 rate bills coming in instead of one. And who are we the Lowly public to question any thing DBC does, we are the gravy that keeps their gravy train going?????
Bill and his Buddies will pass this as it will be 6 rate bills coming in instead of one. And who are we the Lowly public to question any thing DBC does, we are the gravy that keeps their gravy train going????? oliviaden6

10:47am Mon 27 Jan 14

northern dispatch says...

Once again the left wing labour council will over rule all objections from the people because they only represent themselves, and not those that voted for them.
Once again the left wing labour council will over rule all objections from the people because they only represent themselves, and not those that voted for them. northern dispatch

5:01pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Bumbleb43 says...

It is such a beautiful house, and such a shame to lose houses of character and history.
It is such a beautiful house, and such a shame to lose houses of character and history. Bumbleb43

8:50pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Darkroom Devil says...

History is for books. Houses are for people.
I say put people first.
History is for books. Houses are for people. I say put people first. Darkroom Devil

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