Plans submitted to build 59 new homes on 'longstanding vacant brownfield site’ in Peterlee

Proposals for a major housing development on the outskirts of Peterlee have been lodged with planning bosses.

Tuesday, 29th June 2021, 3:53 pm
Land adjacent to Shinwell Drive, Peterlee. Picture: Google (March 2021)
Land adjacent to Shinwell Drive, Peterlee. Picture: Google (March 2021)

Earlier in June, a planning application was submitted to Durham County Council for a new residential development to the east of 1-25 Shinwell Drive.

This included 59 new homes with associated infrastructure, landscaping and drainage, with the plans submitted by Partner Construction and Believe Housing.

According to a design and access statement from the applicant, the plans aim to create an “organic extension to the town of Peterlee.”

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If approved, a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes will be built with 100% affordable housing provided across the brownfield site.

In addition, each dwelling would benefit from a private driveway and private garden space, with vehicular access to the estate taken from Stephenson Road.

A separate planning statement submitted to the council, on behalf of Partner Construction, states six bungalows are proposed as part of the development, with the remaining housing being two storeys in height.

And developers have claimed the proposed housing will meet the requirements of all relevant local and national planning policies.

A statement put to the council for the planning application says the development will ‘secure the regeneration of a longstanding vacant brownfield site’ in the town.

The planning statement reads: “The proposed development makes a significant contribution towards the delivery of sustainable homes, including a significant contribution towards the county’s affordable housing requirements.

“In further benefit, the proposed development will secure the regeneration of a longstanding vacant brownfield site in the urban area.

“The proposed development has responded positively to local characteristics, achieving a high quality design which will sit comfortably adjacent to the existing residential development.

“This includes a positive response to Stephenson Road and retention of the important trees on the road frontage, as well as a high quality internal design and the use of house types which exceed the council’s requirements.”

A decision on the application is expected from Durham County Council by mid-September, 2021.

For more information on the plans or to leave a comment, visit the county council’s online planning portal and search reference: DM/21/02215/FPA

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