Fight to continue against Peterlee home plans

Susan Mc Donnell pictured at the Little Thorpe green belt site.
Susan Mc Donnell pictured at the Little Thorpe green belt site.

CAMPAIGNERS are to continue their fight against plans to build homes on land between two communities.

Dozens of people attended a meeting to discuss a housing development on a greenfield site at Little Thorpe and north of Lowhills Road, in Peterlee.

Outline approval for Southlands Management’s plan was granted by Durham County Council’s planning committee despite a six-month campaign from opposing residents.

Opponents are campaigning against the plan and around 40 people attended the meeting earlier this month to discuss their strategy.

Campaigners have written to the Local Government Ombudsman and complained to Durham County Council chief executive George Garlick about the plan winning approval.

They are also hoping to get backing from Easington Village Parish Council and Peterlee Town Council.

Campaigner Susan McDonnell, a spokeswoman for the Peterlee FAIR (Free Association for Independent Representation) party, said: “The group agreed that they wanted to get more support from their respective parish and town councils and that they had felt badly let down by the county councillors who represent the area. The group agreed that they needed to get all of the people that they knew supported us to ‘sign up’ to the opposition, rather than just sit back and expect others to do it for them.

“Next steps are that we will make an approach to the local councils, Easington Village parish and Peterlee town councils, to ask to make a representation to them asking for their support in the next stage of the process.

“Depending on the outcome of those meetings, we hope to then to arrange a meeting with the county councillors for the area to see if we can persuade them to support us.”