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.