PLANS have been unveiled for a major housing development in an east Durham village.

Gleeson Homes and Regeneration have applied to Durham County Council for planning permission for 65 new homes on land at Henderson Avenue/Cain Terrace, Wheatley Hill, near Peterlee.

Proposals for the regeneration and residential development of 1.39 hectares of previously developed land include provision for a mix of two and three-bedroom semi-detached and detached homes.

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The site comprises a former council housing site, the majority of which has recently been demolished, with a small number of derelict properties remaining on the site.

The site is split in three parcels, with Henderson Avenue and Cain Terrace splitting the sites.

It is close to a number of amenities, including schools, shops and leisure facilities, as well as to public transport.

An affordable housing requirement of ten per cent provision on all developments is stipulated in planning rules.

But council officers have accepted that the provision of affordable housing is not viable in this instance.

A decision on the application is pending.