Plans submitted for 40 new rent-only homes

The applicant, County Durham Housing Group, is hoping for permission to build rent-only properties on land in West End Villas, Crook.

The development would include 20 two-bedroom bungalows and two three-bedroom bungalows as well as 14 two-bedroom houses and four three-bedroom houses.

The bungalows would face towards Sycamore Gardens and parking would be accessed from the rear, helping retain as many of the existing trees as possible and allowing residents easy access to the shops and businesses within the town.

The site area to the south would accommodate the remaining bungalows and the remaining smaller infill sites would be filled with two storey houses to complement the existing neighbouring homes.

Members of the community have raised concerns regarding parking and increased traffic however positive feedback was also received from local residents.

One said: “My main concern is the traffic, as the main road has speed bumps drivers tend to use the road through West End Villas to avoid them and it gets really busy.”

Another added: “I think the proposed building of bungalows and two-bedroom houses is very much needed and I wholly support the scheme.”

A statement submitted with the application read: “The proposed development represents a significant opportunity to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits to Crook and the wider area.

“Residential amenity will be protected, both within the development, and between the proposed development and neighbouring occupiers.

“There will be no adverse impact on the surrounding highway network and the site is well located to promote pedestrian and cycle trips.

“The site is well-connected in terms of public transport to a number of larger settlements and their services within the surrounding area and the site is located in close proximity to the village centre of where a range of shops, services and local facilities are available.

“New residents will help to sustain existing shops, services and facilities within the village due to the higher footfall and patronage, thus reinforcing the village’s local retail and service role.”

To view the planning application online, visit publicaccess.durham.gov.uk/online-applications and search for reference DM/16/04017/FPA.

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