Opposition to plans to build 57 homes on site of former register office

The site of the former Peterlee Register Office in York Road
The site of the former Peterlee Register Office in York Road

PLANS have been submitted to build homes on the site of a former register office.

Persimmon plans to build 57 two, three and four-bedroomed houses on the site of the former register office and Peterlee Area Education Office, in York Road.

But some of the homes would be three-storeys high and some residents have expressed fears about the close proximity to their houses and a loss of light and privacy.

There are also concerns about access to the site.

Peterlee Town Council has objected to the plans, with deputy town council clerk Kay Tweddle’s response saying: “We are concerned at the proposed access to the site onto an already very busy congested highway and junction.

“The number and type of houses proposed for this small site seems high and would allow for very little open space in the layout.

“This would make the site cramped and would intrude on the privacy and light enjoyed by nearby houses, (ie in Nottingham Place).”

Councillor Jim Alvey, who represents Peterlee West on Durham County Council and is also a member of the town council, said: “The distance between the houses, especially those in Nottingham Place, isn’t that big. I have been to see three residents in Nottingham Place who are concerned about proximity.”

But Persimmon say the design and access have been agreed with the highways authority, the proximity is within planning guidelines and it will improve the brown-field site.