145 homes plan

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - FRONT PAGE -

A DE­VEL­OP­MENT that will in­crease the size of a Stock­ton vil­lage by a third has moved a step closer.

Story Homes has sub­mit­ted a re­served mat­ters ap­pli­ca­tion to build 145 houses in Kirklev­ing­ton, which has been val­i­dated by Stock­ton Coun­cil.

Sub­mit­ted jointly with Teesside firm Jo­mast, de­vel­op­ers say the pro­pos­als “would cre­ate a sus­tain­able and inte- grated de­vel­op­ment that would make an im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion to the hous­ing sup­ply in the area”.

Stock­ton plan­ners had de­ferred a de­ci­sion last July af­ter nearly 300 peo­ple ob­jected to the de­vel­op­ment on farm­land south of Pump Lane – but said they were minded to ap­prove the de­vel­op­ment last month.

The pro­posal saw cam­paign­ers ‘call in’ the de­ci­sion to the Sec­re­tary of State.

But Stock­ton Coun­cil ap­proved the de­vel­op­ment, af­ter the gov­ern­ment de­cided not to over­turn the author­ity’s de­ci­sion.

Pro­vi­sion for a vil­lage shop, games area, a pub­lic car park and pub­lic open space is also in­cluded. A de­ci­sion on the ap­pli­ca­tion is ex­pected in au­tumn.

Res­i­dents pre­vi­ously raised a num­ber of con­cerns, in­clud­ing the size of the de­vel­op­ment, its im­pact on ser­vices and the in­crease in traf­fic.

Kirklev­ing­ton and Cas­tle Leav­ing­ton Parish Coun­cil also ob­jected last year, say­ing: “Within our parish per­mis­sion has al­ready been granted for 700 houses, an in­crease to the parish of more than 100%. To date not one house has been built.”

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