Banks property to reveal plans for high quality residential development at Meadowfield

August 10, 2012 | Browney Lane News

Plans for a new residential development on the south-west outskirts of Durham City are set to be revealed by a local developer.

Banks Property, part of the Banks Group, is looking to put forward plans for 271 two, three and four-bedroom family homes on the 27-acre Browney Lane site, which sits on agricultural land in Meadowfield, near to the junction of North View and Browney Lane.

Having chosen to locate its state-of-the-art headquarters building on the nearby Meadowfield Industrial Estate last year, Banks is now looking to continue its investment in the local area with a £30m scheme that would meet a growing demand for high quality properties in the area, and which would also bring with it a range of employment, economic and community benefits.

Local people will be able to get their first look at the outline plans for the scheme at a public exhibition which will take place between 3pm and 7pm on Tuesday 21 August at Meadowfield and District Social Club on Frederick Street South.

Banks’ representatives will be on hand to answer any queries visitors have about any part of the scheme, and to gather feedback from them which will be used as part of the design development process.

Around 30 new jobs would be created during the site preparation and construction phases of the scheme, and local businesses would also benefit from the influx of people that the development would bring to the area.

Investment would also be made in improving the fabric of the Browney community through a range of community benefits to be delivered alongside the development.

This would be in addition to support already given to local organisations including Brandon Cricket Club and The Friends of Addison Park through the Banks Community Fund, which is administered by the County Durham Community Foundation.

The proposed site is identified for new housing in the County Durham Plan Preferred Options document and Banks is looking to submit an outline planning application for the site in the coming weeks.

The company has already begun consultations about the scheme with the local parish council and county council planning officers, and will carry out a range of engagement activities over the coming months to ensure local people have the opportunity to find out about and comment on the proposals.

Michael Shuttleworth, managing director of Banks Property, says: “Being based in Meadowfield ourselves, we have first-hand knowledge of what the area has to offer, and are very confident that a family-focused, high quality development of this type would prove very attractive to homebuyers from across the surrounding area, especially given the site’s proximity to and excellent transport links into Durham City.

“The direct local investment, supply chain support and job creation that are central to these proposals are exactly the sort of measures that will drive the continuing recovery of the regional economy, and the Browney Lane project would represent a further capital investment by Banks in the local area at a time when very few companies have the confidence to undertake anything so substantial.

“We have already had constructive discussions with the local parish council about the benefits this scheme would bring to the area, and will be looking to use the development as a driver for the continuing regeneration of the wider Browney area.

“A full public engagement process is now underway which will enable local people to find out more about these plans and share their views with us.  We will continue to work closely with all relevant parties across the community to ensure they can influence the work we are doing to create the best design possible for the Browney Lane site.”

Anyone who would like any further information about the proposed Browney Lane scheme, but who is unable to attend the 21 August exhibition, should contact the Banks Property community engagement team on 0191 378 6100 or via browneylane@banksgroup.co.uk

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