Sadly, the planners on Darlington Borough Council are recommending that the proposal to build 250 houses and flats on Whessoe Road, on the site of the old Corus works, be rejected by the Planning Development Committee when it meets this week. They say there isn't enough affordable housing in the scheme. The Echo has the story, and a chance for you to comment, here.
This development was welcomed by local residents. It would have restored an ugly, dangerous, derelict and useless 18 acre site (half of which falls within my North Road ward) and provided much needed housing.
What I don't understand is, weren't there any discussions between the officers and the developers at an early stage so that the planners could have indicated they were unhappy about this aspect of the plan? St Modwen could then have amended their plans accordingly. Or maybe there was such a discussion and St Modwen went ahead with their plans anyway.
It's all very disappointing. I hope, assuming councillors accept the recommendation of the officers, that a revised plan can be brought forward in due course.