Darlington regeneration blueprint suffers £20m funding blow

The Northern Echo: MONEY WOES: Darlington Borough Council's flagship Town Centre Fringe project has missed out on £20m of public funding MONEY WOES: Darlington Borough Council's flagship Town Centre Fringe project has missed out on £20m of public funding

A FLAGSHIP urban regeneration masterplan faces an uncertain future after missing out on millions of pounds of vital public funding.

Darlington Borough Council’s much-heralded Town Centre Fringe scheme is a long-term project aimed at revitalising economically deprived areas of the town.

Adopted last year, the plan initially included provision for more than 600 new homes.

But papers prepared ahead of a meeting of the council’s cabinet next month reveal that the project has missed out on an anticipated £20m of investment from the Homes and Communities Agency.

The report states: “[The loss] adversely affects the viability, deliverability and proposed timing of planned new development in the Town Centre Fringe, including about 650 new homes envisaged by 2026.

“Although there are other streams of public funding that the council will try to access, these are not likely to be enough to deliver all the flood mitigation, green infrastructure, land remediation, land assembly, transport infrastructure and removal of other development constraints needed for the vision to be substantially realised by 2026.”

The report, which asks cabinet members to agree the sale for housing of eight pieces of land totalling more than 40 acres, adds that the Town Centre Fringe site will still need to accommodate some 300 homes if the council is to meet its commitment to providing land for new houses.

Meanwhile, the amount of homes predicted to be built on another of the council’s embryonic long-term development projects, Central Park, has also reduced.

Because of interest in the development for employment uses and uncertainty surrounding the housing market, the council is revising down by 100 its target for the amount of housing on the site.

The predicted shortfalls in the Town Centre Fringe and Central Park areas means that land for 450 homes now needs to be identified.

Eight parcels of council-owned land have been identified – mostly urban, with the exception of the largest site, 25-acre Muscar House Farm, on the north-easternmost tip of the developed area of Darlington borough.

Public consultation on the suitability for housing of most of these has not been carried out.

Most were not included in the draft Making and Growing Places document, which set out areas for future development and was extensively consulted on last summer.

The cabinet meets at 5pm on Tuesday (February 4), at Darlington Town Hall.

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11:05am Thu 30 Jan 14

Darloresident says...

What does the below mean?

“Although there are other streams of public funding that the council will try to access, these are not likely to be enough to deliver all the flood mitigation, green infrastructure, land remediation, land assembly, transport infrastructure and removal of other development constraints needed for the vision to be substantially realised by 2026.”

Its just the usual guff from an inept council who puffs itself up with grandiose plans and bold statements regarding future developments and then (as usual) fails to deliver.
Funny how its never their fault.
Usual story from a discredited,inept,us
eless,woeful self serving council..
Puffing Billy Dixon and his cronies yet again fail to deliver..
They really do need the order of the boot at the next elections
What does the below mean? “Although there are other streams of public funding that the council will try to access, these are not likely to be enough to deliver all the flood mitigation, green infrastructure, land remediation, land assembly, transport infrastructure and removal of other development constraints needed for the vision to be substantially realised by 2026.” Its just the usual guff from an inept council who puffs itself up with grandiose plans and bold statements regarding future developments and then (as usual) fails to deliver. Funny how its never their fault. Usual story from a discredited,inept,us eless,woeful self serving council.. Puffing Billy Dixon and his cronies yet again fail to deliver.. They really do need the order of the boot at the next elections Darloresident
  • Score: 19

12:02pm Thu 30 Jan 14

bones26 says...

Darloresident wrote:
What does the below mean?

“Although there are other streams of public funding that the council will try to access, these are not likely to be enough to deliver all the flood mitigation, green infrastructure, land remediation, land assembly, transport infrastructure and removal of other development constraints needed for the vision to be substantially realised by 2026.”

Its just the usual guff from an inept council who puffs itself up with grandiose plans and bold statements regarding future developments and then (as usual) fails to deliver.
Funny how its never their fault.
Usual story from a discredited,inept,us

eless,woeful self serving council..
Puffing Billy Dixon and his cronies yet again fail to deliver..
They really do need the order of the boot at the next elections
AND SO SAY ALL OF US
[quote][p][bold]Darloresident[/bold] wrote: What does the below mean? “Although there are other streams of public funding that the council will try to access, these are not likely to be enough to deliver all the flood mitigation, green infrastructure, land remediation, land assembly, transport infrastructure and removal of other development constraints needed for the vision to be substantially realised by 2026.” Its just the usual guff from an inept council who puffs itself up with grandiose plans and bold statements regarding future developments and then (as usual) fails to deliver. Funny how its never their fault. Usual story from a discredited,inept,us eless,woeful self serving council.. Puffing Billy Dixon and his cronies yet again fail to deliver.. They really do need the order of the boot at the next elections[/p][/quote]AND SO SAY ALL OF US bones26
  • Score: 13

12:43pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Lionel1 says...

bones26 wrote:
Darloresident wrote: What does the below mean? “Although there are other streams of public funding that the council will try to access, these are not likely to be enough to deliver all the flood mitigation, green infrastructure, land remediation, land assembly, transport infrastructure and removal of other development constraints needed for the vision to be substantially realised by 2026.” Its just the usual guff from an inept council who puffs itself up with grandiose plans and bold statements regarding future developments and then (as usual) fails to deliver. Funny how its never their fault. Usual story from a discredited,inept,us eless,woeful self serving council.. Puffing Billy Dixon and his cronies yet again fail to deliver.. They really do need the order of the boot at the next elections
AND SO SAY ALL OF US
So what are you saying? That the council should just give up on trying to improve the town?

Central Government don't just dish cash out if you ask for it, you need to have solid proposals to even get through the first stage of a tendering process. Appears that you're making comments about something you know very little about....

Local Authorities are continually bidding for Government funding to improve their services and communities but competition is extremely tough - some you win, some you lose...

'Bill and his cronies' will have approved this project in principle but to blame them for not securing the money may be harsh!
[quote][p][bold]bones26[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Darloresident[/bold] wrote: What does the below mean? “Although there are other streams of public funding that the council will try to access, these are not likely to be enough to deliver all the flood mitigation, green infrastructure, land remediation, land assembly, transport infrastructure and removal of other development constraints needed for the vision to be substantially realised by 2026.” Its just the usual guff from an inept council who puffs itself up with grandiose plans and bold statements regarding future developments and then (as usual) fails to deliver. Funny how its never their fault. Usual story from a discredited,inept,us eless,woeful self serving council.. Puffing Billy Dixon and his cronies yet again fail to deliver.. They really do need the order of the boot at the next elections[/p][/quote]AND SO SAY ALL OF US[/p][/quote]So what are you saying? That the council should just give up on trying to improve the town? Central Government don't just dish cash out if you ask for it, you need to have solid proposals to even get through the first stage of a tendering process. Appears that you're making comments about something you know very little about.... Local Authorities are continually bidding for Government funding to improve their services and communities but competition is extremely tough - some you win, some you lose... 'Bill and his cronies' will have approved this project in principle but to blame them for not securing the money may be harsh! Lionel1
  • Score: -9

1:39pm Thu 30 Jan 14

bones26 says...

Lionel1 wrote:
bones26 wrote:
Darloresident wrote: What does the below mean? “Although there are other streams of public funding that the council will try to access, these are not likely to be enough to deliver all the flood mitigation, green infrastructure, land remediation, land assembly, transport infrastructure and removal of other development constraints needed for the vision to be substantially realised by 2026.” Its just the usual guff from an inept council who puffs itself up with grandiose plans and bold statements regarding future developments and then (as usual) fails to deliver. Funny how its never their fault. Usual story from a discredited,inept,us eless,woeful self serving council.. Puffing Billy Dixon and his cronies yet again fail to deliver.. They really do need the order of the boot at the next elections
AND SO SAY ALL OF US
So what are you saying? That the council should just give up on trying to improve the town?

Central Government don't just dish cash out if you ask for it, you need to have solid proposals to even get through the first stage of a tendering process. Appears that you're making comments about something you know very little about....

Local Authorities are continually bidding for Government funding to improve their services and communities but competition is extremely tough - some you win, some you lose...

'Bill and his cronies' will have approved this project in principle but to blame them for not securing the money may be harsh!
dixon and his cronies have spoke **** for years now and as long as there about there about its going to carry on .get them out asap theyve allready killed the town
[quote][p][bold]Lionel1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bones26[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Darloresident[/bold] wrote: What does the below mean? “Although there are other streams of public funding that the council will try to access, these are not likely to be enough to deliver all the flood mitigation, green infrastructure, land remediation, land assembly, transport infrastructure and removal of other development constraints needed for the vision to be substantially realised by 2026.” Its just the usual guff from an inept council who puffs itself up with grandiose plans and bold statements regarding future developments and then (as usual) fails to deliver. Funny how its never their fault. Usual story from a discredited,inept,us eless,woeful self serving council.. Puffing Billy Dixon and his cronies yet again fail to deliver.. They really do need the order of the boot at the next elections[/p][/quote]AND SO SAY ALL OF US[/p][/quote]So what are you saying? That the council should just give up on trying to improve the town? Central Government don't just dish cash out if you ask for it, you need to have solid proposals to even get through the first stage of a tendering process. Appears that you're making comments about something you know very little about.... Local Authorities are continually bidding for Government funding to improve their services and communities but competition is extremely tough - some you win, some you lose... 'Bill and his cronies' will have approved this project in principle but to blame them for not securing the money may be harsh![/p][/quote]dixon and his cronies have spoke **** for years now and as long as there about there about its going to carry on .get them out asap theyve allready killed the town bones26
  • Score: 5

1:39pm Thu 30 Jan 14

David Lacey says...

Guess who you lot are going to vote for next time round? It is SO funny!!!!
Guess who you lot are going to vote for next time round? It is SO funny!!!! David Lacey
  • Score: 2

2:08pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Darloresident says...

Lionel1 wrote:
bones26 wrote:
Darloresident wrote: What does the below mean? “Although there are other streams of public funding that the council will try to access, these are not likely to be enough to deliver all the flood mitigation, green infrastructure, land remediation, land assembly, transport infrastructure and removal of other development constraints needed for the vision to be substantially realised by 2026.” Its just the usual guff from an inept council who puffs itself up with grandiose plans and bold statements regarding future developments and then (as usual) fails to deliver. Funny how its never their fault. Usual story from a discredited,inept,us eless,woeful self serving council.. Puffing Billy Dixon and his cronies yet again fail to deliver.. They really do need the order of the boot at the next elections
AND SO SAY ALL OF US
So what are you saying? That the council should just give up on trying to improve the town?

Central Government don't just dish cash out if you ask for it, you need to have solid proposals to even get through the first stage of a tendering process. Appears that you're making comments about something you know very little about....

Local Authorities are continually bidding for Government funding to improve their services and communities but competition is extremely tough - some you win, some you lose...

'Bill and his cronies' will have approved this project in principle but to blame them for not securing the money may be harsh!
No Lionel - what I am saying having read the whole article is that the Council ANTICIPATED £20m of funds from the homes and community agency for this project...
This has not happened..
So why did the council big up this urban regeneration project last year without the certainty of available funds??
By all means bid for money for for projects - I applaud that.
But don't trumpet a project as a done deal when monies needed are only "anticipated" and not actually secured
[quote][p][bold]Lionel1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bones26[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Darloresident[/bold] wrote: What does the below mean? “Although there are other streams of public funding that the council will try to access, these are not likely to be enough to deliver all the flood mitigation, green infrastructure, land remediation, land assembly, transport infrastructure and removal of other development constraints needed for the vision to be substantially realised by 2026.” Its just the usual guff from an inept council who puffs itself up with grandiose plans and bold statements regarding future developments and then (as usual) fails to deliver. Funny how its never their fault. Usual story from a discredited,inept,us eless,woeful self serving council.. Puffing Billy Dixon and his cronies yet again fail to deliver.. They really do need the order of the boot at the next elections[/p][/quote]AND SO SAY ALL OF US[/p][/quote]So what are you saying? That the council should just give up on trying to improve the town? Central Government don't just dish cash out if you ask for it, you need to have solid proposals to even get through the first stage of a tendering process. Appears that you're making comments about something you know very little about.... Local Authorities are continually bidding for Government funding to improve their services and communities but competition is extremely tough - some you win, some you lose... 'Bill and his cronies' will have approved this project in principle but to blame them for not securing the money may be harsh![/p][/quote]No Lionel - what I am saying having read the whole article is that the Council ANTICIPATED £20m of funds from the homes and community agency for this project... This has not happened.. So why did the council big up this urban regeneration project last year without the certainty of available funds?? By all means bid for money for for projects - I applaud that. But don't trumpet a project as a done deal when monies needed are only "anticipated" and not actually secured Darloresident
  • Score: 4

8:00pm Thu 30 Jan 14

laughingboy51 says...

So does this mean that all the work been carried out recently at rear of Hundens Lane has been a waste of time?

Still awaiting new Cattle Market for over 20 years now.
So does this mean that all the work been carried out recently at rear of Hundens Lane has been a waste of time? Still awaiting new Cattle Market for over 20 years now. laughingboy51
  • Score: 0

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