Peterlee development plans push ahead

The Leader of Peterlee Council Bill Jeffrey. Picture by FRANK REID
The Leader of Peterlee Council Bill Jeffrey. Picture by FRANK REID
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PLANS to bring economic development to a town over the next few years have moved a step closer.

Durham County Council’s cabinet has approved the Peterlee Masterplan, which sets out proposals aimed at encouraging investment, job creation, and meeting housing demands of the town.

Members also approved a similar scheme for Newton Aycliffe.

Councillor Neil Foster, cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “These documents contain proposals for addressing key priorities in Peterlee and Newton Aycliffe and look at how we can work with our partners to achieve this.

“The aim is to support growth and investment as well as the provision of good quality housing, jobs and community facilities.

“There is a huge amount of potential, and it is important that we tap into this to ensure both Peterlee and Newton Aycliffe are towns where people want to live and work.”

Peterlee Town Council leader Bill Jeffrey said he is keen to see what the plan will bring in terms of housing, as well as a train station at Horden.

He said: “We are told we need housing to bring business in – affordable as well as executive homes – but when you look around Peterlee, there is a significant amount of houses standing empty.

“It’s a hard time financially, but we need to move forward.”