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Planning Permission recommended for 20 houses/dwellings on site of Magistrates’ Court

by Owen Temple on 21 March, 2018

Councillors are to be asked to approve the use of the former magistrate’s court on Ashdale Road as a site for 20 new homes.

According to the report to the Area Planning Committee (North) notification letters were sent out to 3 local homes in the vicinity and two commercial addresses – Consett Leisure Centre and Consett Academy, producing a nil response in terms of objections.

Councillors Alex Watson and Owen Temple have both submitted responses to the application expressing concerns about traffic in an area which is extremely busy around school opening and closing times, with Councillor Owen Temple also expressing concerns about the density of the housing proposed, which is quite different from the density of the nearest homes to the proposed development – three houses and one bungalow at the top of Ashdale Road.

If the planning permission is granted the developer will be required to pay £49,032 towards the provision of additional teaching accommodation at Consett Academy and up to £41,140 for the provision of open space and play space for use only in the Consett North electoral division.

All the papers relating to this application can be viewed at https://publicaccess.durham.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=P1DGNTGDJ1U00 

The officer’s report and recommendations to the committee can be read at https://democracy.durham.gov.uk/documents/s88883/DM1704076FPA%203%20Britannia%20Shops%20change%20of%20use.pdf

Owen would appreciate comments and views from local people if he is to accurately express their views to the planning committee, a committee on which he is not included and cannot vote, but at which he is entitled to speak.

The Meeting takes place at 1.00 p.m. on Thursday March 29th at County Hall.




2 Responses

  1. Brooke McDonald says:

    This is a wholly innapropriate development for this site. The land is currently used for non residential purposes and should be used to expand teaching facilities at the academy. The amount of housing already allocated in the previous version of the plan will require significantly more school places. To use land for housing in this location shows a significant lack of foresight.

  2. Joyce Hawkins says:

    How do they warrant putting 20 houses on that site. There will be no green area in Consett soon. I live on Russell Close and school time is horrendous people double parking and parking on footpaths. Where will it end!

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