Houses to be built on miners’ hall site

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A NEW housing estate looks likely to get the go-ahead tomorrow under a builders plans to develop a former miners’ hall site.

 Miller Homes has asked for permission to construct 52 properties on land where Seaham’s Vane Tempest Social Welfare Centre stood until it was closed and demolished following health and safety concerns last year.

 The proposal, to be discussed by Durham County Councillors tomorrow, could see the end of a long-running saga over the future of the New Drive site.

 Miller was first granted permission in 2007 to build 62 homes on the plot when a scheme was drawn up to create a new community and sports centre nearby.

 But that was later shelved, leaving the club to continue to trade.

 The company’s interest was then reignited when the venue shut down, with an application put in to extend its previous permission.

 It later submitted a fresh plan which included a reduction in the number of homes, with the proposal asking to construct 20 three-bedroomed houses, 12 with four bedrooms, and nine apartments.