Residents' concerns over Darlington 'grassland' housing plans

HOMES PLAN: Builders could one day be at work on a plot of land off Brinkburn Road, despite residents' objections. File picture

HOMES PLAN: Builders could one day be at work on a plot of land off Brinkburn Road, despite residents' objections. File picture

First published in News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter (Darlington)

REVISED plans to build dozens of homes on grassland in Darlington have been met with concern from nearby residents.

Following a public consultation last summer, planners at Darlington Borough Council produced a revised Making and Growing Places policy, which highlights areas for potential development in the borough up to 2026.

The revised policy outlines plans for 6,200 new dwellings – an increase of 400 from the initial proposal published last year.

To accommodate the increase, planners have allocated new housing sites that were not included in the initial draft policy, as well as increasing the number of houses planned for existing sites.

As a result, around 50 new homes are now proposed for green space between Bellburn Lane and Hartington Way, off Brinkburn Road – an increase of around 18 dwellings – with 1.8 hectares of open space now included in the design.

Bellburn Lane resident, Mike Crawley, who had campaigned against the authority’s initial plans for 32 dwellings, said he was disappointed with the new proposals.

He said: “Residents are very disappointed. It is bad enough saying 32 houses, but now there are 50.

“It is taking away a place where people walk their dogs and where children play football. On a Saturday morning there is a group football match – where are they going to have that?

“What was the point of a consultation if they are just going ignore people’s views?”

The grandfather-of-one, who has lived in the street for 14 years, also raised concerns about the amount of traffic that would be using Brinkburn Road if the plans are approved.

He said: “If you stick in 50 houses, with around 75 cars you are going to get around 150 cars trying to get out of Bellburn Lane. The road is jammed at it is.”

Mr Crawley urged nearby residents to air their views on the proposal at bellburngreenspace.btck.co.uk

Members of Darlington council’s cabinet approved the revised report at a meeting on Tuesday (April 29), and public consultation will run from May 23 to July 4.

Information on consultation events wiil be made available on the council’s website.

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5:06pm Sat 3 May 14

bambara says...

Why is the NIMBY campaigner assuming every house in this development will use the one road and not the one on the other side as well?
If the development adds a link through from Bellburn to Hartington then it actually makes it easier for people to get around.
Why is the NIMBY campaigner assuming every house in this development will use the one road and not the one on the other side as well? If the development adds a link through from Bellburn to Hartington then it actually makes it easier for people to get around. bambara
  • Score: -16

10:03pm Sat 3 May 14

PJ Chingford says...

What has always amazed me as someone has has worked in the development industry is why people insist on assuming that all 50 houses will spill traffic onto the road at once! it never , ever happens that way. I live on an estate with around 200 houses and two entrances /exits and the most I have ever has to queue to get is is behind 2 or 3 cars, trust me it never works that way.
What has always amazed me as someone has has worked in the development industry is why people insist on assuming that all 50 houses will spill traffic onto the road at once! it never , ever happens that way. I live on an estate with around 200 houses and two entrances /exits and the most I have ever has to queue to get is is behind 2 or 3 cars, trust me it never works that way. PJ Chingford
  • Score: -8

10:05pm Sat 3 May 14

delboy1977 says...

Waste of time fighting it, DBC dont give a s**t, i live opposite conservation land and they still built houses on it !!
Waste of time fighting it, DBC dont give a s**t, i live opposite conservation land and they still built houses on it !! delboy1977
  • Score: 16

9:09am Sun 4 May 14

Spy Boy says...

“What was the point of a consultation if they are just going ignore people’s views?”

Mr Crawley, the council never listen. They simply have an open meeting, sit looking bored and then do what they were going to do in the first place.

The fact that this inept bunch is yet again threatening our green spaces is another example of how arrogant and morally corrupt they have become. Campaign against the loss of out green spaces now. Vote Green in the next elections. Vote this bunch of no hopers out of office.
“What was the point of a consultation if they are just going ignore people’s views?” Mr Crawley, the council never listen. They simply have an open meeting, sit looking bored and then do what they were going to do in the first place. The fact that this inept bunch is yet again threatening our green spaces is another example of how arrogant and morally corrupt they have become. Campaign against the loss of out green spaces now. Vote Green in the next elections. Vote this bunch of no hopers out of office. Spy Boy
  • Score: 13

9:36am Sun 4 May 14

grandmab says...

Why do they need to build on green space land at all? We have hundreds of empty houses that could be knocked down to build new energy efficient ones. We have dozens of derelict factories and warehouses across the street from new housing developments. Why can these sites not be redeveloped for housing. Maybe the wrong people own these derelict sites. The council would not get payment from developers who would not get preferential rates for buying council land. My problem is I pay for that public land. It is not the DBC members personal land to dispose of, it belongs to all of us and we should be heard when we want to keep laces to walk and play.
Why do they need to build on green space land at all? We have hundreds of empty houses that could be knocked down to build new energy efficient ones. We have dozens of derelict factories and warehouses across the street from new housing developments. Why can these sites not be redeveloped for housing. Maybe the wrong people own these derelict sites. The council would not get payment from developers who would not get preferential rates for buying council land. My problem is I pay for that public land. It is not the DBC members personal land to dispose of, it belongs to all of us and we should be heard when we want to keep laces to walk and play. grandmab
  • Score: 12

9:36am Sun 4 May 14

Bank of Europe says...

instead of using green land why oh why haven't they knocked down the old Cattle Market and put houses on that land, The amount of traffic on that road is unbelievable, Why are this council dragging it feet over this eye sore ?
instead of using green land why oh why haven't they knocked down the old Cattle Market and put houses on that land, The amount of traffic on that road is unbelievable, Why are this council dragging it feet over this eye sore ? Bank of Europe
  • Score: 17

11:53am Sun 4 May 14

bones26 says...

isnt there some very large sewerage pipes going through that part of land which were only laid a few years ago to take sewerage away from oakfield lodge esatate as the existing pipes were not large enough to cope .I also see lots of children playing football ect on that field ,are the council going too take that away from the children aswell,thenwhere will they go oh i know wandering the streets with nothing to do .this council has not got a clue about what the people of darlington want and they DONT GIVE A S@@T either.
isnt there some very large sewerage pipes going through that part of land which were only laid a few years ago to take sewerage away from oakfield lodge esatate as the existing pipes were not large enough to cope .I also see lots of children playing football ect on that field ,are the council going too take that away from the children aswell,thenwhere will they go oh i know wandering the streets with nothing to do .this council has not got a clue about what the people of darlington want and they DONT GIVE A S@@T either. bones26
  • Score: 11

2:24pm Sun 4 May 14

oliviaden6 says...

Let me guess are Bill and His Buddies on the steam roller again!
Let me guess are Bill and His Buddies on the steam roller again! oliviaden6
  • Score: 7

12:49pm Tue 6 May 14

Joe, Brinkburn says...

bambara wrote:
Why is the NIMBY campaigner assuming every house in this development will use the one road and not the one on the other side as well?
If the development adds a link through from Bellburn to Hartington then it actually makes it easier for people to get around.
Bambara obviously does not live either on Bellburn Lane or Hartington Way, if you did you would already know how busy the access and egress to both estates already is. There is far more traffic through Hartington Way than there should be as there are now 120 more houses on the estate than originally planned for and if you live at the beginning of Hartington Way as I do every car coming and going goes past your front door. This is not a case of NIMBY but one of common sense. As already stated elsewhere there are plenty of brown field sites though out the town so why did up a green one that is used by most of the local residents?
[quote][p][bold]bambara[/bold] wrote: Why is the NIMBY campaigner assuming every house in this development will use the one road and not the one on the other side as well? If the development adds a link through from Bellburn to Hartington then it actually makes it easier for people to get around.[/p][/quote]Bambara obviously does not live either on Bellburn Lane or Hartington Way, if you did you would already know how busy the access and egress to both estates already is. There is far more traffic through Hartington Way than there should be as there are now 120 more houses on the estate than originally planned for and if you live at the beginning of Hartington Way as I do every car coming and going goes past your front door. This is not a case of NIMBY but one of common sense. As already stated elsewhere there are plenty of brown field sites though out the town so why did up a green one that is used by most of the local residents? Joe, Brinkburn
  • Score: 4

4:51pm Fri 9 May 14

mikyman says...

The comments made with regard to this article have been shown to me as I am' NIIMBY.'
Its not just increased traffic that we are complaining about,the Echo records show that other residents complained as long ago as 2000.
This is just another example from this council of short term gain at the expense of future generations.
Yes they 'consulted' but our councillors told me that there wern't many objections to the plans. !! !!
There is one more 'consultation' planned for this proposal.
Local residents must now make their views forcefully known
to this council. or the land will be lost for ever.
Don't 'roll over' and allow Bill and his mates to cement over more of our open spaces.
The website set up to fight this proposal, www.bellburngreenspa
ce.btck.co.uk will contain details of actions ,how to object etc.
Any help would be appreciated.
The comments made with regard to this article have been shown to me as I am' NIIMBY.' Its not just increased traffic that we are complaining about,the Echo records show that other residents complained as long ago as 2000. This is just another example from this council of short term gain at the expense of future generations. Yes they 'consulted' but our councillors told me that there wern't many objections to the plans. !! !! There is one more 'consultation' planned for this proposal. Local residents must now make their views forcefully known to this council. or the land will be lost for ever. Don't 'roll over' and allow Bill and his mates to cement over more of our open spaces. The website set up to fight this proposal, www.bellburngreenspa ce.btck.co.uk will contain details of actions ,how to object etc. Any help would be appreciated. mikyman
  • Score: 1

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