Plan for 900 homes set for approval

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PROPOSALS for a 900-home estate on the edge of a town have been recommended for approval, despite concerns it could put pressure on services and harm the countryside.

Southlands Management wants outline permission to build two, three, four and five-bed houses north of Lowhills Road, Peterlee.

The company says the project will create 85 full-time jobs in construction and connected industries, with about 100 ‘spin-off’ jobs and 50 retail positions.

Planning officers have recommended the plans are approved when they are discussed on Tuesday at 2pm at County Hall, Durham.

Thirty-three letters of objection have gone in against the proposal, with four of support. The main concerns are the size of the estate and claims it would be unsustainable and would destroy the countryside.