New homes planned for former college site

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ALMOST 60 homes could be built on an old training building plot.

Persimmon has applied to set up an estate on Neville Road in Peterlee, where ITEC once stood.

Three different designs are proposed, with a mixture of two-bedroom terrace, three-bedroom semi-detached and four-bedroom detached houses included in the plans.

The company says starter homes up to large family homes will be available to buyers, with 10 per cent of the properties to be classed as affordable.

The proposals, to be discussed by Durham County Council’s east and central planning committee, set out how access would be from Neville Road, with the estate designed as two cul-de-sacs. A large number of trees would be cleared from the land to make way for the development.

The application follows on from one made in 2009 for 52 homes, which was approved, subject to an agreement being signed in regards to cash to improve community facilities, but as the document was never completed, the plan did not progress.

Planners recommend the new application should be approved, subject to a payment of £29,000 to upgrade a play area and £15,000 towards environmental work.

The application will be discussed at 1pm on Tuesday in the council chamber at County Hall, Durham.