4 August 2010
A one-hectare development land for sale opportunity in Darlington is being pursued by developers Ward Bros.
The development land for sale is a former coal depot. As such the development land for sale is vacant, overgrown, and surrounded by terraced homes. It currently contains unused warehouses and a railway line between Darlington and Bishop Auckland. The development land for sale has been used in the past as a farm, railway sidings, coal depots, a timber yard and a scrap yard.
The development land for sale has been vacant for over a decade. It is reported that the development land for sale is likely remain so unless a feasible economic use can be agreed.
Ward Bros hopes to build new homes on the development land for sale and has submitted its second planning request this year.
The developer is hoping to overturn the planning decision from four years ago, which refused consent for a housing project on the development land for sale as it was earmarked for employment use.
As such, Ward Bros, based in Albert Road, Darlington, has reviewed a plan that it submitted earlier this year for 30 new homes on the former coal depot.
A new planning application has been resubmitted by agents England and Lyle on behalf of Ward Bros for the development land for sale. The plans have been altered to accommodate 30 new homes (nine of which would be affordable housing).
The plans for the development land for sale are at the initial outline stage. As a result, details such as the size of the homes and the layout of the development land for sale will be reserved for a later application.
Of course as a former coal depot, contamination of the development land for sale is an issue. That’s why reports charting the contamination of the development land for sale have been submitted as part of the planning application.
One of these reports reveals: "Should housing be considered for development, the slag foundry waste and coal fill containing most of the contamination occupying the central areas of the site will have to be removed."
Despite the fact that their previous application was refused, Ward Bros hopes that as the site has been vacant for a decade, its amended application for the development land for sale will soon be approved.
A spokesman said: "The suitability of the Eastmount Road site for employment use is questionable as the site has been protected for such uses for a considerable period of time and during this time has remained vacant."
The spokesman also added that unless a viable economic use could be found soon, the development land for sale is likely to remain unused and derelict.
Asked about the status of the development land for sale, councillor Isobel Hartley said she would be unable to comment until the planning committee is held. It should be noted, however, that when plans were refused four years ago, Isobel Harvey voted in favour of bringing the development land for sale back into use.