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.
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].
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.
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.
other recent issues which have been looked at include the possibility
of community funding for
the Association, 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.
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.
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.
of Whinfield' (external
microsite, opens in a new tab)
The Friends Of Beech Wood)