Residents and councillors fight plan for 250 new homes on Sunderland-Durham border

West Rainton residents took the opportunity to visit the village's Jubilee Hall and find out about Tees Valley Housing's plans for 250 new homes on land bordering the west side of the village.

West Rainton residents took the opportunity to visit the village's Jubilee Hall and find out about Tees Valley Housing's plans for 250 new homes on land bordering the west side of the village.

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PLANS to create 250 new homes in a village are facing opposition.

Tees Valley Housing intends to build the £25million estate just off Station Road, in West Rainton, near the border with Sunderland.

About 200 of the homes would be for sale, with 50 to be rented.

Tees Valley say the scheme would create 50 jobs during the five-year construction period of the site and would also boost shopping in the area.

Improvements to the nearby A690 junction would also be carried out.

However, West Rainton and Leamside Parish Council has lodged an objection with Durham County Council, who will decided on the application.

At a consultation event in August, the proposals were given a mixed reaction by residents.

“We are concerned about the doctors as well and the other amenities,” said chairman of the parish council, Jeff Morland. 
“We are concerned about traffic, especially in Station Road.”

James Brown, who owns three properties in Station Road, says he and his family are concerned that the development would affect house prices. “Cars come through this way to go Sainsbury’s (at the Arnison Centre) or to get to Chester-le-Street, so there are a lot of cars coming down here already,” said Mr Brown.

“We get a lot of people coming knocking on our doors asking to use the phone because there’s been another crash.” Application agent Nathaniel Lichfield Partners said in a submission to Durham County Council that any problems could be addressed.

If the plans are approved by the council, work on the site could start as early as next summer and the first homes could be completed by late 2015.