New homes to be built on former council HQ site

Demolition of Easington Council Offices, Seaside Lane, Easington Colliery
Demolition of Easington Council Offices, Seaside Lane, Easington Colliery
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A FORMER council headquarters could be turned into a new housing estate under plans to be decided within days.

Persimmon Homes has applied to build 80 houses on the plot cleared after the closure of District of Easington Council’s base in Seaside Lane in Easington Village.

Its services were merged when County Durham’s district councils joined the county council in 2009, with the vacant buildings demolished as authority chiefs marketed the site.

As it was pulled down, the fixtures and fittings of the council chamber were put into storage at Beamish Museum, with the hope that it can be reconstructed for visitors at a later stage.

If approved, the land could be used to build 62 two-bedroomed houses and 18 three-bedroomed homes, with six of those to be rented out and two to be sold at a discounted rate.

The parish council has raised objections because members, along with two residents, are concerned about the increase in traffic, the loss of trees and a rise in demand for school places.

Persimmon says the homes will satisfy the need for housing and will be attractive with higher quality village-style housing, rather than its standard design.

It says it has addressed the concerns raised by adapting its plan.

Durham County Council’s Area Planning Committee (Central and East) has been recommended to approve the plans and will meet on Tuesday at 1pm in County Hall’s council chamber.

Officers have set out conditions including Persimmon should pay £40,000 towards play and recreation in the village, £15,000 to upgrade paths and launch a programme to recruit and train people in the area.

It also states 10 per cent of the homes should be classed as affordable.