Durham County Council planning committee backs £30m Browney Lane development

March 7, 2013 | Browney Lane News

 

Durham County Council’s planning committee has resolved to grant planning approval for a new £30m residential development on the south-west outskirts of Durham City.

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

The planning application was recommended for approval by the County Council’s planning offices, and was approved by the planning committee by a majority of eight votes to three.

Having chosen to locate its headquarters building on the nearby Meadowfield Industrial Estate, Banks will now continue its investment in the area with a scheme that will meet a growing local demand for high quality properties, and which will also bring with it a range of employment, economic and community benefits.

Around £300,000 will be invested in the local road network as part of the scheme, to both improve the traffic flow and pedestrian crossing facility at the junction of Browney Lane and the A690 at Meadowfield, and to increase the area of the 30 MPH speed limit on Browney Lane.

More than £270,000 will be invested in creating new public open spaces and play spaces, with £50,000 allocated for public art works.

The Browney Lane site was 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.

Around 25 new full time equivalent jobs will be created during the site preparation and construction phases of the Browney Lane scheme, and local construction and supply chain businesses would also benefit.

Investment will 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 that the members of Durham County Council’s planning committee have followed the recommendation of their officers in approving our Browney Lane planning application today.

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

“As well as meeting a growing local demand for high quality family homes and including a 20 per cent allocation of affordable housing, our scheme will also create around 25 new jobs during its site preparation and construction phases, and will see local businesses benefit in both the short and long-term.

“Our commitment to investing around £300,000 in the local road infrastructure as part of the project will help to tackle the existing transport issues in the area that were highlighted by many local people during our public engagement work around these proposals, and we will also be investing over £320,000 in creating new public open spaces, play spaces and public art works.

“We’re very grateful for the considerable support that we’ve had for our plans from many local people, from local businesses and from Durham County Council, and look forward to take our proposals forward as soon as possible.”

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 browneylane@banksgroup.co.uk

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