FURTHER details have emerged about plans for 107 affordable homes in a County Durham village, including concerns about road safety.

Karbon Homes has applied for permission to build 68 rent-to-buy properties, 31 apartments for over 50s and eight bungalows, on the former Roseberry Sports Community College site, in Pelton, north of Chester-le-Street.

The developer says the proposals will help to relieve pressure on the social rented sector, and has been designed to meet the needs of the local community.

However Pelton Parish Council has voiced concerns about the impact on roads, and what it describes as a "lack of planning to increase the local infrastructure to cope with the increase in residents due to the development, which will have an additional burden within the parish".

The main access for vehicles to the new homes would come from Pelton Lane, but road safety fears have also been voiced in relation to surrounding streets.

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Catie Pearson said she had had near misses both driving and as a pillion motorcycle passenger "due to speeding vehicles coming from the direction of the primary school". She added: "The volume of additional vehicles/traffic will only exacerbate the risks in both traffic collisions and but also and sadly pedestrian accidents unless further traffic management or a second access is considered."

A resident of Edward Terrace said he believed the plans are "an accident waiting to happen" because of the volume of traffic using Pelton Lane, including buses and HGVs.

However a transport assessment submitted with the application concluded that safe and suitable access to the site can be achieved for all users, the highway network in the area can accommodate the anticipated extra trips, and the proposal would "not result in an unacceptable impact on highway safety".

The site is next to an all-weather sports pitch, and Sport England has issued a holding objection to the plans while seeking clarity on whether access for users will be maintained during construction, and confirmation that work will be carried out on the pitch floodlights to reduce glare levels before the new homes are occupied.

No date has yet been set for the application to be discussed by the council's planning committee.


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