Footpath to doctors' surgery may be saved as part of new homes plan

The existing footpath to the left of where the houses are due to be built.
The existing footpath to the left of where the houses are due to be built.

A footpath used to reach a doctors’ surgery could be saved as part of a new housing scheme.

Residents feared the path next to the former Masons Arms pub, in Bells Hill Road, West Rainton, would disappear as part of plans to build five houses on the site.

But developer DPS, of Priory Court, Rainton Gate, has now lodged a separate planning application for a new footpath to follow a similar route.

The existing path is used daily as a short-cut by patients walking between the village's surgery and pharmacy.

Approval is needed from Durham County Council with the authority’s public rights of way officials supporting the idea.

Commenting on the footpath application in a consultation document, the rights of way section concludes: "In the interests of maintaining public pedestrian access we recommend that the new footpath is constructed prior to the commencement of the residential development."

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