Plans have been revealed for 390 houses to be built on a run-down industrial estate.
Durham County Council plans to build the homes on the North East Industrial Estate, in Peterlee.
Part of the County Durham Plan – a radical blueprint for the area over the next 15 to 20 years – the proposed allocation excludes land to the west of Armstrong Road and land occupied by the Kookaburra chicken factory, which is a major employer on the industrial estate. The council say a buffer zone of greenery is likely to be needed around Kookaburra to mitigate any smells and that other existing business units still on the site will need to be relocated.
The number of houses has been reduced from an initial 500 due to site constraints identified in a supplementary planning document.
The council says in its online document that most of the industrial estate is now vacant and that the remaining building stock is “no longer fit for purpose”.
Council bosses say they therefore consider that residential development is the most appropriate future use, subject to the relocation of existing tenants.
In the supplementary planning document, the council envisage: “A sustainable, new residential development in Peterlee which will help meet the defined housing need.
This would bring about the regeneration of an underused industrial estate which is currently a poor quality environment within the town.”
The scheme will also involve landscaping to create “an attractive green living space”. Planning consultants Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners (NLP) are helping the council with the scheme.