County council planning officers recommend £30m Browney residential development for approval

February 28, 2013 | Browney Lane News


Plans for a new £30m residential development on the south-west outskirts of Durham City have been recommended for approval by Durham County Council’s planning officers.

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.

Having chosen to locate its headquarters building on the nearby Meadowfield Industrial Estate, Banks is 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.

Around £300,000 would be invested in the local road network as part of the scheme, to both address existing transport issues in the area that were highlighted by local people during Banks’ public engagement work around the proposals, and to manage additional traffic related to the Browney Lane development.

A further £217,000 would be invested in creating new public open spaces and play spaces, with £50,000 allocated for public art works.

The plans, which are set to go before Durham County Council’s planning committee next Tuesday (5 March), received a positive welcome from local people at an exhibition held by Banks in August last year, 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 was 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, and a 20 per cent allocation of affordable housing has been included in the development plans.

Michael Shuttleworth, managing director of Banks Property, says: “We’re very pleased to have had the merits of our Browney Lane proposals recognised by the County Council’s planning officers, and hope the members of its planning committee will chose to follow their recommendation.

“Improving the existing flow of traffic in the area was highlighted to us as a key area for action by many local people, and we have dedicated substantial resources to ensuring that this is addressed as a priority if our plans are given the go-ahead.”

Around 30 new jobs would be created during the site preparation and construction phases of the Browney Lane scheme, and local businesses would also benefit from the influx of people that the development would bring to the area, in both the short and long-term.

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 continues: “Private sector investment in projects such as Browney Lane is crucial in leading the regional and national economies out of the troubled times we’ve all endured in the last few years, and especially to driving growth, creating jobs and supporting the struggling local supply chain in the construction sector.

“Our knowledge of what this community has to offer makes us very confident that a family-focused, high quality development of this type would prove very attractive to homebuyers who want to either move into or stay in the area, and as a locally-based company that has already invested heavily in the area, we are hopeful that we will be given the opportunity to take our proposals forward.”

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

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