Still time to have your say on development masterplan

The Northern Echo: PLANS OPPOSED: Members of the Friends of Cocker Beck at the site of plans for new homes at Cockerton.     Picture: ANDY LAMB. (1248250) PLANS OPPOSED: Members of the Friends of Cocker Beck at the site of plans for new homes at Cockerton. Picture: ANDY LAMB. (1248250)

CONSULTATION events will continue this week over controversial plans for up to 6,000 new homes on more than 30 sites across Darlington.

As reported in The Northern Echo in recent weeks, pockets of opposition have begun cropping up to various proposed developments in Darlington Borough Council's draft Making and Growing Places (MGP) document.

MGP sets out preferred locations for new homes, businesses, shops, schools and sports facilities across the borough up to 2026.

Following an initial consultation last summer, objections have been raised to housing sites including:

* 605 homes at Burdon Hill, on the eastern fringe of Darlington

* 24 homes in Eggleston View, close to Cocker Beck.

There are also plans for hundreds of homes on the western fringe of Darlington, between West Park and the A1(M) and more centrally as part of the Town Centre Fringe and Central Park projects.

A number of other smaller parcels of land are also under consideration.

Hundreds of people attended a 'drop in' consultation event in Cockerton and Haughton last week, with more planned in the coming days.

The events are taking place in key locations close to where new sites are designed to give residents the opportunity to find out more and share their views.

The next event takes place at Whessoe Parish Hall on Wednesday, between 5pm and 7pm. Residents from nearby areas, particularly the Beaumont Hill and Harrowgate Hill areas, are urged to attend, to find out more about two options for a housing development of around 370 homes with a new primary school and nursery on land north of the White Horse Pub, and around Burtree Lane and Berrymead Farm.

Councillor Chris McEwan, cabinet member for economy and regeneration, said: "It is important that we find out what people think about these revised plans for where new housing should go, and that people affected by new proposed sites have the same opportunity to comment as people did last year on the initial proposed sites.

“New housing is essential to support our ambitions for economic growth and a better quality of life for all.”

Further consultations will be held at Darlington Outdoor Market, on Saturday, from 10am to 2pm, and Gurney Pease Primary School, in Dodsworth Street, from 5pm to 7pm, on Monday, June 30.

Comments on the plans must be received by July 4.

The finalised MGP plan will be introduced next year.

For more information, visit darlington.gov.uk/mgp

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8:08pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Spy Boy says...

If the attitudes of the council officials in the meeting for Bellburn Lane is anything to go by, they just don't give a toss. They were really patronising and even threatening. They basically said that they were going to build anyway and if they were stopped, they would sell the land to the highest bidder and let them build on themselves. So much for consultation. This council is a joke. Unfortunately, the joke is on us, as we voted them into place.
If the attitudes of the council officials in the meeting for Bellburn Lane is anything to go by, they just don't give a toss. They were really patronising and even threatening. They basically said that they were going to build anyway and if they were stopped, they would sell the land to the highest bidder and let them build on themselves. So much for consultation. This council is a joke. Unfortunately, the joke is on us, as we voted them into place. Spy Boy
  • Score: 4

8:09pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Spy Boy says...

. . . in fact, absolutely no say on the future of the sites. They make this quite clear. Go and give them a roasting anyway. Check out Bellburn Lane on Facebook.
. . . in fact, absolutely no say on the future of the sites. They make this quite clear. Go and give them a roasting anyway. Check out Bellburn Lane on Facebook. Spy Boy
  • Score: 2

10:27pm Fri 20 Jun 14

mikyman says...

What a waste of time!
Puffing Billy and his mates go through the motions so that if any one questions they can say they 'consulted'.
It is sad that a once great town has been reduced to this shambles by such an inept bunch of second rate politicians.
Don't forget there is an election next year and its not too late to get rid of this inept bunch.
Frankly i don't care who runs the town as long as the've not got a red rosette!
What a waste of time! Puffing Billy and his mates go through the motions so that if any one questions they can say they 'consulted'. It is sad that a once great town has been reduced to this shambles by such an inept bunch of second rate politicians. Don't forget there is an election next year and its not too late to get rid of this inept bunch. Frankly i don't care who runs the town as long as the've not got a red rosette! mikyman
  • Score: 2

7:04pm Sat 21 Jun 14

gramps427 says...

I went to the market today and surprise surprise there was no consultation going on I walked around the market twice and even checked the Dolphin Centre. All I got for my efforts was a angina attack thanks to the heat. Cheers Northern Echo!
I went to the market today and surprise surprise there was no consultation going on I walked around the market twice and even checked the Dolphin Centre. All I got for my efforts was a angina attack thanks to the heat. Cheers Northern Echo! gramps427
  • Score: 2

8:53pm Sun 22 Jun 14

diga says...

mikyman wrote:
What a waste of time!
Puffing Billy and his mates go through the motions so that if any one questions they can say they 'consulted'.
It is sad that a once great town has been reduced to this shambles by such an inept bunch of second rate politicians.
Don't forget there is an election next year and its not too late to get rid of this inept bunch.
Frankly i don't care who runs the town as long as the've not got a red rosette!
Apologies, milkyman, I meat to click a thumbs up and missed.....
[quote][p][bold]mikyman[/bold] wrote: What a waste of time! Puffing Billy and his mates go through the motions so that if any one questions they can say they 'consulted'. It is sad that a once great town has been reduced to this shambles by such an inept bunch of second rate politicians. Don't forget there is an election next year and its not too late to get rid of this inept bunch. Frankly i don't care who runs the town as long as the've not got a red rosette![/p][/quote]Apologies, milkyman, I meat to click a thumbs up and missed..... diga
  • Score: -1

3:19pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Homshaw1 says...

Getting rid of labour would be good but the opposition parties seem to accept their position in the scheme of things. I was brought up to be a labour supporter but this lot are wolves in sheep's clothing.

We need something like the "Putting Harlepool First" party
Getting rid of labour would be good but the opposition parties seem to accept their position in the scheme of things. I was brought up to be a labour supporter but this lot are wolves in sheep's clothing. We need something like the "Putting Harlepool First" party Homshaw1
  • Score: 1

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