COUNCILLORS have backed plans to create up to 83 homes on a former industrial site.

Outline planning permission has been granted to Kraton Chemical BV for the scheme on the former Arizona Chemical site, in North Lodge, Chester-le-Street.

The land had been occupied since the 1960s and was subsequently closed and demolished two years ago.

The former British Oxygen Company site, next, to it is currently undergoing redevelopment for a total of 230 dwellings by Avant Homes North-East.

The plan was approved by members of the north area planning committee of Durham County Council at a recent meeting.

As part of the planning permission, £367,575 must be paid towards providing secondary schools and £165,440 towards primary schools in the Chester-le-Street area, as well as £67,650 towards improving recreation facilities.

Senior planning officer Graham Blakey said: “The proposed development would result in limited adverse impacts, and they do not “significantly or demonstrably” outweigh the substantial benefits.”