Plans for more than 100 new homes on a derelict County Durham factory site have been approved.

Story Homes have confirmed they have received planning permission for plans which will see the developer bring 143 new homes to Tanfield in County Durham.

The plans will see the site of the former Ever Ready battery production factory in Tanfield redeveloped into residential development "Heritage Fields," with the firm planning to commence works in the coming weeks.

It was granted outline planning consent in 2017 and the developer plans to transform the area into an "attractive residential development."

Dan Chant, senior land manager for Story Homes said: “Our proposed development on this brownfield site will not only improve the look of the area but will deliver multiple benefits to the local community during the construction phase and beyond, as well as direct and indirect employment opportunities for local people through subcontractors and the supply chain.”

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The homes will range from two to five-bedroom properties, which have been designed for "modern living, with flexible open plan layouts, and luxury finishes throughout."

The developers have said they also plan to invest a total of £286,400 into the local community.

£140,000 is earmarked to go towards a bus service and infrastructure, while £60,000 will be contributed to the creation of a cycleway and footpath, and the final £86,400 will go towards sports facilities.