Concerns have been raised over plans to develop 19 eco chalets near Bishop Auckland

PLANNING WORRIES: Concerns have been voiced about plans top build 19 eco chalets

PLANNING WORRIES: Concerns have been voiced about plans top build 19 eco chalets

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PLANS to build 19 eco chalets and a clubhouse on a field have led to protests over possible noise problems.

Proposals to develop land at Escomb Pastures, at Etherley Dene, near to Bishop Auckland, have been lodged with Durham County Council.

Outline planning approval is being sought to build the chalets and clubhouse plus car parking and landscaping on the 2.29hectare site.

The applicant, Haider Al Saffer, claims the scheme, dubbed The Hide, will have economic benefits, both in its development and its use.

Residents living nearby, however, fear that their lives will be blighted by noise problems from users of the site.

Councillor Sam Zair, who sits on both Bishop Auckland Town and Durham County councils, said: “People are not happy.

“Some people are very concerned about the plans and some residents on Dene Hall Drive, near the site, are up in arms about it.

“The site has always been open space and there is a public right of way across it. There are concerns that there will be public nuisance and noise issues.

“It will bring jobs and money into the area but you have to look at the quality of life of the people who will be living near to it.”

The scheme would see a mixture of one, two and four-bedroom wood chalets.

The clubhouse will be the central point of the site with facilities for visitors and the applicant hopes to enhance the local wildlife.

Access to the land will be from Bridge Road and cars will not drive round the site, but simply enter it to drop people off before they are parked up.

It is hoped it will increase footfall through Bishop Auckland’s businesses and also the nearby tourist attractions.

A spokesman for the applicant said: “The planning application seeks to provide a relaxing and peaceful environment for visitors to stay in the area.

“It is not intended that the proposals will result in unacceptable levels of noise or disturbance and the site will be managed accordingly.

“It is proposed that it will benefit the local economy, creating local jobs during construction and operation, and offer a highly sustainable form of visitor accommodation.”

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10:05pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Equity1 says...

It's all ok you pay a fortune in Council Tax and even then you have no voice - stop paying your council tax go to court and shout as loud as you can the injustice of it all - can't sat any body will listen but you will get it off your chest !
Not funny disgraceful .
It's all ok you pay a fortune in Council Tax and even then you have no voice - stop paying your council tax go to court and shout as loud as you can the injustice of it all - can't sat any body will listen but you will get it off your chest ! Not funny disgraceful . Equity1
  • Score: 2

8:26am Sun 27 Jul 14

Copley23 says...

Now they really ARE NIMBY's..........you
've seen the area I presume??......it sucks.
A few wooden chalets, what's the harm (lights touchpaper).......I think it's a cracking idea!
Now they really ARE NIMBY's..........you 've seen the area I presume??......it sucks. A few wooden chalets, what's the harm (lights touchpaper).......I think it's a cracking idea! Copley23
  • Score: 1

10:08am Sun 27 Jul 14

Triglet says...

Its a Water thin poppy **** hair brained and certifiable idea .Just because the word Eco is used in every other sentence there must be an Eco award for this brain dead idea. it will however generate 6 part time jobs for Eastern Europeans and their 200 + offspring.
Its a Water thin poppy **** hair brained and certifiable idea .Just because the word Eco is used in every other sentence there must be an Eco award for this brain dead idea. it will however generate 6 part time jobs for Eastern Europeans and their 200 + offspring. Triglet
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11:24am Sun 27 Jul 14

bishop1 says...

can't have mere mortals living near dene hall drive , not acceptable at all .
can't have mere mortals living near dene hall drive , not acceptable at all . bishop1
  • Score: 2

12:03pm Sun 27 Jul 14

lfp says...

Can someone tell me where this place is?
Can someone tell me where this place is? lfp
  • Score: -3

1:44pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Triglet says...

Opposite Ediscum Garth
Opposite Ediscum Garth Triglet
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11:50am Mon 28 Jul 14

hippyjohn says...

if you "promise" a picture house you can build what you want where you want. see St Helens
if you "promise" a picture house you can build what you want where you want. see St Helens hippyjohn
  • Score: 1

2:01pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Milton1985 says...

Hi
I think is beautiful idea because we need more work in the area and I think there is no noise coming from the building site because the closest house to the site is about 200 meters so we have to lock positive and we have to support it.
Hi I think is beautiful idea because we need more work in the area and I think there is no noise coming from the building site because the closest house to the site is about 200 meters so we have to lock positive and we have to support it. Milton1985
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