March 30, 2017 | Community News
The chair of the Chester-le-Street and District Business Association has highlighted the positive impact that a proposed new housing development would have on local businesses, residents and schoolchildren in a letter of support for the scheme.
Joyce Roberts has written to Durham County Council in support of the Pelton Lane development that regional employer Banks Property has put forward for consideration.
Durham-headquartered Banks is looking to progress a development of up to 190 new family homes on a 7.4 hectare site on Pelton Lane, and has been carrying out a range of consultations over the last few months with local people, community groups and businesses about plans.
Support for the scheme has also been expressed by Newfield & Pelton Lane Ends Residents Association and Roseberry Nursery and Primary School, which is close to the development site.
Joyce Roberts says: “The need for both local independent businesses and smaller units of larger businesses, such as our local branches of the Co-Op and the Post office, to receive local support is well recognised, and the Pelton Lane new build would hopefully help to encourage this and keep these businesses open.
“The area also has a high percentage of older residents, and an increase in the number of properties that would be suitable for them would clearly be beneficial.
“There should always be places for the young children of our villages to access a local school, and the fact that one is so near to the development is an asset that means children could walk in in the morning, rather than relying on being driven in, which brings more traffic at school time.”
More than 60 people attended four drop-in sessions that Banks Property put on in the local area in December and January, with the overwhelming majority of feedback received about the project plans being favourable.
Ideas for how the new development could support local priorities for community improvement have also been discussed during the consultation process.
Lewis Stokes, community relations manager at The Banks Group, which numbers 126 people from County Durham among its 400-strong workforce, says: “We design all our developments to bring a range of different benefits to the communities in which we work, and the recognition that Mrs Roberts’ letter of support provides for the ways in which the Pelton Lane scheme would enhance her local area is obviously very welcome.
“Our Pelton Lane development would sit in a wholly suitable location for this type of scheme, and we believe there would be significant demand for the homes that would be built there.
“We believe there is a strong case for approval for the Pelton Lane scheme and are looking forward to making it to Durham County Council’s planning committee.”