Plans for 86 homes in village to be discussed

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PLANS to create a new housing estate in a village have been recommended for approval.

Planning officers with Durham County Council have advised councillors to back the scheme, which would see 86 new homes built on land off Windsor Place, Shotton Colliery.

Keepmoat wants to build a mix of two, three and four-bedroom houses, along with garages on the plot.

The development, off Front Street, would also see rights of way diverted.

The company has agreed to offer £43,000 for recreation space and £5,000 for off-site ecological works and to ensure nine of the properties – 10 per cent of the scheme – are affordable.

It has said research shows the estate will meet housing needs in the area and support its existing community.

The council’s officers say the plan is acceptable and meets the aims of a sustainable development.

Objections have been raised by residents living in the area raising concerns about homes being overshadowed by the new houses and suggestions the homes would look better if they faced into Windsor Place, instead of residents having to look out onto fencing.

Miller Homes has already developed the southern half of the site under the previous consent.

The plan will be discussed at a meeting of the council’s planning committee for the east and central area of the county on Tuesday.

It will be held at 2pm in the council chamber at County Hall in Durham.