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Darlington Borough Council has published its draft LOCAL PLAN which is intended to dictate Economic and Planning Policy throughout the Borough until at least 2036. Visit https://microsites.darlington.gov.uk/local-plan/ for details of what stage the process has reached. Of great concern to WRA is the proposal to encourage a huge housing development in the countryside north of Darlington, coloured yellow on the greatly simplified map opposite.

(Click the map to see a downloadable pdf version.)

MUSCAR HOUSE FARM is an unspoiled greenfield area situated between the houses of Barmpton Lane and the River Skerne, valued for its amenity and the access to the countryside on this side of the Town. In response to the government's push for more housing, Darlington Borough Council had controversially included it as a zone for development in its "Making and Growing Places" plan. This attracted numerous objections from residents and has been dropped, but it is feared that the idea is being resurrected in the Draft Local Plan, so the fight to save it is likely to continue.

To see a short YouTube video featuring Muscar House Farm, click HERE.

As well as this Plan potentially destroying a vast greenfield site currently used for farming, and extensively by residents for recreation, it is well known that the local infrastructure and facilities in Whinfield are totally inadequate to support development on such a scale. Coupled with a related proposal by DBC for a Northern Bypass which seems to be principally designed to facilitate the building of houses in this area (click the link opposite for more information), WRA intends to be fully involved in any consultation process and to resist any undesirable plans in an attempt to help safeguard the environment in and around the Ward.

One particular proposal is for Theakstons to build what they originally termed "Skerningham Garden Village", now called in the Plan the "Skerningham Strategic Allocation", of 4000+ homes in this red area:

(Click the image to see a downloadable pdf version)

Theakstons have produced two alternative plans for the development, depending upon which route for the proposed Northern Bypass, Route A or B, may be chosen, but these plans may have been superceded:

(Click the plans to see a downloadable pdf version)

D'ton Northern Bypass

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ELM TREE FARM and the Sparrowhall Drive public open space is the subject of a forthcoming planning application by Bellway Homes to build 142 houses and provide a new access link road for Darlington Golf Club [July 2018].


Bellway is holding a "consultation" event in Whinfield Primary School on Thursday 2nd August 2018, 3pm-7pm.


Full details of the development scheme can be seen at https://www.elgplanning.co.uk/consultation/elm-tree-farm-darlington where there are links to some site plans.


It is curious timing that this long-expected application seems to be happening in the middle of the consultation about the Draft Local Plan, especially since Elm Tree Farm lies within the Skerningham Strategic Allocation area and is part of the so-called "master plan". WRA will be looking carefully at this issue before deciding how to proceed..

(Click the plan to see a downloadable pdf version)