Homes plan under threat

PLANS to build 52 houses on a brownfield site may be rejected following concerns about overcrowding.

Persimmon Homes has submitted plans to Durham County Council to build a mixture of two and three-storey detached, semi-detached and terraced houses off Rose Street, in Trimdon Grange.

The 1.5-hectare proposed site was previously occupied by Kemp Plant Hire and currently contains a number of industrial units.

A report to a planning meeting due to take place on Wednesday recommends that the plans are rejected.

It says the design and layout is considered “unacceptable” as it represents an “over-development” of the site that does not take into account the site location and adjacent commercial uses.

The report says this would lead to “a substandard level of amenity for future occupiers”.

It adds that the plans also fail to identify a satisfactory pedestrian link along the northern section of Rose Street to the existing footpath network at Salter’s Lane or satisfactory internal access and car parking arrangements.

The report also says the plans also fail to identify open space provision and fail to demonstrate that prospective residents would not be affected by noise coming from existing garage premises in Rose Street and industrial premises at Trimdon Industrial Estate.

Persimmon has prepared a revised layout showing a reduced number of 47 homes and a potentially amended layout.

But the report says this proposal has not been the subject of public consultation and does not form part of the planning application currently under consideration.