Major issues which are currently being considered by the Association include how to improve Beech Wood as a community resource and improvements to Springfield Park to promote healthy and safe recreation. Under scrutiny is the contentious proposal by Darlington Borough Council to designate in the Darlington Local Plan a vast area for proposed housing development in unspoiled countryside to the north of the Town.

Also under threat is Muscar House Farm as a new zone for housing, located behind Barmpton Lane in the fields towards the River Skerne, and the possibility of plans by a developer to relocate Darlington Golf Course to allow a large housing estate to be built there. A planning application by Bellway Homes to develop Elm Tree Farm has been submitted to DBC [Nov 2018].

The Tees Valley Combined Authority, with the support of DBC, has brought forward proposals for a Darlington Northern Bypass, which might relieve heavy traffic from parts of Whinfield but which is likely to destroy parts of the beautiful and historic Ketton Country and Skerne Valley and facilitate housing expansion into the countryside.

The problems of litter, dog fouling, speeding traffic and inconsiderate parking are other regular topics which are being addressed, in addition to items raised by individuals at meetings.

Some other recent issues which have been looked at include publicity for this website, the possibility of community funding for the Association, a planning application by Darlington Golf Club for a night driving range, incidents of anti-social behaviour, the problem of discarded supermarket trollies, suggested improvements to the main bus route in the ward and an enhanced role for the Friends Of Beech Wood within the WRA.

A positive recent step which has occurred is that Darlington Borough Council has agreed to consult WRA on planning matters which may affect Whinfield, prior to any decisions being made.

More information can be obtained from a copy of the minutes of the latest WRA meeting, which can be downloaded via a link on the "Meetings" page of this website, when available.

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