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Bent House Lane
Location: Situated on land east of Bent House Lane, near Durham, south of Sherburn Road (A181) and west of the A1(M)
Local authority: Durham County Council
Postcode of nearby property: DH1 2EB
Size: c17 hectares (c42 acres)
History: The Bent House Lane site has been included as a proposed housing site in the County Durham Plan since the early stages of the plan published in the summer of 2018. The council has carried out a range of consultation events on the plan with a focus on receiving comments on all proposed housing sites including the Bent House Lane site (referred to as Sherburn Road in the County Durham Plan).
A copy of the newsletter recently distributed can be downloaded here: Community Newsletter October 2020

Why Bent House Lane
• There is a national and local shortage of housing. New housing sites are needed to provide homes for local families
• The site is due to be allocated for housing in the County Durham Plan (see right)
• The site is a suitable location for new housing in Durham City whilst considering the constraints and sensitivities of the city
• Sustainable location with many local amenities within walking distances and excellent cycling, pedestrian and bus links

Infrastructure
• A new priority junction on the A181 to access the site
• Secondary vehicular access from Bent House Lane located to the south of Regents Court will be provided. This will allow traffic from Bent House Lane to be diverted on to the A181, whilst maintaining access for pedestrians and cyclists
• Potential third point access connecting the sites on either side of Bent House Lane allowing new residents driving from the western side of the development and existing residents driving from Old Durham to access the A181
• Improvements to local recreational routes
• Opportunity for vehicular access through the site by future residents who live to the east of Bent House Lane

Transport
• A network of routes within the site will link pedestrians and cyclists to nearby facilities including the retail offer at Dragonville and Damson Way and National Cycle Route 14 to Durham City
• A number of existing bus services go past the site and new stops will be provided on the A181
• A Transport Assessment will assess the impact on the local highway network and identify the wider impact of development

Landscape
• Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment being undertaken
• Maximising green and open space within the site
• New landscape planting on southern boundary
• Improvements on land remaining in the Green Belt on land towards Old Durham

Drainage and Flooding
• Promote enhanced surface water drainage solution using sustainable urban drainage (SUDs)
• Flood risk assessment being undertaken
• No part of the site at risk of flooding

Ecology
• Ecological assessment being undertaken
• Existing vegetation retained and enhanced wherever possible
• Biodiversity net gain to be provided

Other key benefits

Environmental
• New energy efficient homes with good sustainability ratings
• Sustainable drainage system – to positively manage surface water
• New planting and ecological improvements to land remaining in the Green Belt
• Retention and planting of new tree and hedgerows – improving biodiversity on site

Social
• Up to 500 quality homes to meet local needs
• Improved pedestrian links towards old Durham
• Direct connection to A181 – a key public transport corridor
• Contribution towards affordable housing

Economic
• Approx 100 direct and 160 indirect jobs during construction
• £2.4m new homes bonus for Durham County Council (over four years)
• Support for Local shops, services and community facilities – through new customer base
• Approx. £600K additional Council Tax each year to help pay for council services

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