A ‘no’ to homes

Prospective county councillor Susan McDonnell.
Prospective county councillor Susan McDonnell.

A PUBLIC meeting is planned and a petition has been launched against plans to build 1,000 new homes at Little Thorpe.

Peterlee-based members of the FAIR (Free Association for Independent Representation) are trying to rally opposition to the housing scheme.

FAIR spokeswoman Susan McDonnell, a candidate in the forthcoming Durham County Council and Peterlee Town elections in May, has vocied concerns.

Among the concerns were the apparent lack of school places for any influx of children of new families moving to the area, availability of affordable housing, an apparent lack of shops and facilities in Peterlee to cater for the new occupants and potential extra congestion on Lowhills Road.

But Labour councillors and Easington MP Grahame Morris have welcomed the regeneration that the houses would bring.

Now FAIR representatives have launched a petition against the Durham County Council-backed plans and a public meeting will be held at the Moorcock pub, in Burnhope Way, Peterlee, on Tuesday, March 19, at 6pm.

Susan said: “Like most people I know, I welcome anything that will help regenerate the town - as long as it’s properly thought through.

“The impact of such a large development won’t just affect the people at Little Thorpe and Lowhills Road – it will have an effect on everyone in the area.”

She said the scheme would see the loss of farm fields and the potential joining up of Easington and Peterlee, and pinpointed the North East Industrial Estate as be a better location for the project.

Stuart Timmiss, head of planning and assets at the county council, previously said that both the Little Thorpe site and the North East Industrial Estate were being considered for the scheme. He said any application would be considered in line with national guidance and take into account local circumstances.

To find out more about the meeting and petition, call Susan on 07930597096.