Big boost for airport development plans

Durham Tees Valley Airport.
Durham Tees Valley Airport.

Airport bosses have welcomed a “very positive” decision by councillors to support exciting new developments.

Plans for 350 new houses - as well as restaurants, leisure and community facilities - are all being proposed for Durham Tees Valley Airport.

Airport officials today welcomed what they described as ‘a very positive’ decision by Darlington councillors to support the grant of planning permission for developments on the airport site.

The proposals were considered by the Council’s Planning Applications Committee and they were for developments on land on the north side of the airport.

They include residential development and a local services centre for retail, commercial, leisure and community uses.

The plans have been described as a key element in implementing the strategy, set out in the Airport Master Plan to secure the sustainable long term future.

It would achieve that through the revenue generated from these developments and they would be fully re-invested in the airport business.

Key elements in the outline planning application include up to 350 houses.

There would also be provision for a local services centre with small scale retail space, financial and professional services, restaurants and other leisure facilities.

Community facilities are also part of the proposal.

The application also includes a commitment to invest in improvements in local services, including education, affordable housing, highways and transport infrastructure.

This will include financial contributions to the expansion of St George’s Church Primary School in Middleton St George, improvements to the A66, adjacent playing fields, upgrades to existing bus stops and new stops, improving and widening footpaths, extending cycle routes and enhanced street lighting on Yarm Road.

In a statement following the decision, the airport welcomed the recognition of the importance of the developments in securing the investment needed to deliver the Master Plan.

They said it was aimed at putting the business on a more secure footing and the wider benefits for the area.