Land sale for housing will boost sports facilities

COUNCILLORS have approved plans to sell land for housing and invest the money into sports facilities.

Darlington Council stands to make £1.6m from selling additional plots of land at the former Eastbourne School site, off Hundens Lane, which is already undergoing development.

The extra land would accommodate 85 new houses and the £1.6m raised from its sale will be put towards improving facilities at Eastbourne Sports Complex.

This includes replacing the synthetic turf and lighting at the five-a-side pitches and replacing the running track.

In winning approval for the scheme, Cllr Chris McEwan described it as a “win win” situation as it will help reduce the shortfall in affordable housing in Darlington whilst boosting the sports centre’s facilities.

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4:33pm Fri 4 Jul 14

laughingboy51 says...

Hope this is not in the land in front of the original fence at the school, behind The Mead. I thought they were only allowed to build on original footprint of old school. Hopefully the Echo could find out more details and produce a map.
Hope this is not in the land in front of the original fence at the school, behind The Mead. I thought they were only allowed to build on original footprint of old school. Hopefully the Echo could find out more details and produce a map. laughingboy51
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8:52pm Fri 4 Jul 14

maw.si says...

so does this mean the 2 old school football pitches at the back of the former school and which is now part of Eastbourne sports complex is the land to be sold? if so then its another kick in the teeth for amateur football in the darlington area.as they will not be replaced,
so does this mean the 2 old school football pitches at the back of the former school and which is now part of Eastbourne sports complex is the land to be sold? if so then its another kick in the teeth for amateur football in the darlington area.as they will not be replaced, maw.si
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11:02pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Cotto9 says...

Is there really a shortage of affordable housing in Darlington?
Is there really a shortage of affordable housing in Darlington? Cotto9
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7:38pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Border Terrier says...

Do the first time buyers want a brand new house.
My first house was a terrace over the Deans.
You just move up the ladder if and when.
The amount of rental properties in Darlington is astronomical.
Hardly a housing shortage?
Do the first time buyers want a brand new house. My first house was a terrace over the Deans. You just move up the ladder if and when. The amount of rental properties in Darlington is astronomical. Hardly a housing shortage? Border Terrier
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8:51pm Sun 6 Jul 14

grandmab says...

There are hundreds of empty homes in Darlington. Why can they not be razed/refurbished to provide new housing? Oh, forgot council would not make any money off that.
There are hundreds of empty homes in Darlington. Why can they not be razed/refurbished to provide new housing? Oh, forgot council would not make any money off that. grandmab
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