November 26, 2012 | Browney Lane News
Plans for Banks Property’s new £30m residential development on the south-west outskirts of Durham City have been submitted for planning approval to Durham County Council.
Banks Property, part of the Meadowfield-based Banks Group, has 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.
Banks chose to locate its headquarters building on the nearby Meadowfield Industrial Estate, and is now looking to continue its investment in the area with a scheme that would meet a growing local demand for high quality properties, and which would also bring with it a range of employment, economic and community benefits.
The plans received a positive welcome from local people at an exhibition held by Banks back in August, with two-thirds (66 per cent) of those who completed an event feedback form saying they were in favour of the scheme, and just 18 per cent expressing the opposite view
Feedback gathered at the event and during other local consultations has been used by Banks to finalise the design for the site, which has been identified for new housing in the County Durham Plan Preferred Options document.
Measures that would be introduced to improve the flow of traffic in the area, which was highlighted as a key area for action by many local people, have been included to help tackle existing local congestion problems.
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 community facilities in Browney through a range of community benefits to be delivered alongside the development, which 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.
Michael Shuttleworth, managing director of Banks Property, says: “We’re very pleased to have reached this landmark, and believe our development proposals will bring a wide range of benefits to the community if they are approved.
“Traffic was a key consideration in our planning, as well as for the local people to whom we spoke, and we’ve worked hard to ensure the measures that we would put in place as part of this development would actually improve the movement of vehicles around the area, rather than add to congestion concerns.
“Getting such a positive response from so many local people to our outline ideas gave us confidence that we were working along the right lines, and our knowledge of what the area has to offer makes us very confident that a family-focused, high quality development of this type would prove very attractive to homebuyers.”
Anyone who would like any further information about the proposed Browney Lane scheme should contact the Banks Property community team on 0191 378 6100 or via firstname.lastname@example.org