Plans for 127 houses on Whessoe Road in Darlington


PLANS of 127 new housing units on the site of an old steelworks have been submitted.

The proposal seeks a building permit to redevelop the former vacant Corus Trailers site on Whessoe Road in Darlington into a large residential development.

Corus left the site in 2007, and most of the buildings on the site were demolished in

September 2008, however, solid remains of imprints of buildings and vehicle routes remain at the site.

The plaintiff, Gleeson Regeneration Ltd, says the development will include homes with two, three and four bedrooms, but no affordable housing has been included in the plans. Instead, the developer said his homes were priced “so that they could be bought by 90% of local couples with full-time jobs.”

An aerial photo of the current site

In the plans, each type of house has a living room and a kitchen-dining room on the ground floor; larger floor space properties have a downstairs WC and first floor en-suite bathroom, while some properties additionally have a garage for storage.

Each new home will have two parking spaces each with access to the site from Whessoe and Elmtree Street.

The site is bounded to the north by industrial development and by residential and industrial developments to the east.

Gleeson Regeneration Ltd said the proposal “aims to fit comfortably into the local setting”.

He adds: “The proposals used local styles and materials as a basis to form a strong design identity that has a balanced and thoughtful approach, ensuring that the proposals do not copy the existing built form, but complement it. ”

A leaflet repository consultation with the local community has already been conducted to get initial feedback as the developer awaits pre-application advice from Darlington Council.

A project application for 250 new homes on the site was approved in 2010, but was unsuccessful as it is believed the applicant could not find a developer.

It is hoped that the development of 127 units “will boost the housing supply in the Darlington area and improve the aesthetics of this long-vacant site,” said Gleeson Regeneration Ltd.

“The result is thoughtful and thoughtful landscaping that will enhance and reinforce the character of the area.

“The proposed materials will reflect the character that exists along this portion of Whessoe Road, integrating the proposals well with existing uses and nearby residential properties. ”

A council decision on the new plans is expected later this year.

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