Housing master plan put out for public consultation | Northeast Property News
A master plan designed to create up to 1,700 housing units in Durham is expected to be submitted for public consultation later this year.
The development of Sniperley Park, which will include homes, a school and amenities, will be discussed by councilors at a Durham County Council cabinet meeting on Wednesday, November 17.
The development is part of County Durham’s plan which sets out a vision for the county’s housing, jobs and environment through 2035, along with the transportation infrastructure, schools and healthcare to support it.
The land at Sniperley Park has been allocated as part of the plan to build the new homes and associated facilities to create a self-sustaining community.
A comprehensive master plan has been developed for the project, which will guide future planning applications and ensure that new developments meet national and local goals of sustainable development, good design, as well as meeting housing needs, including affordable housing and the elderly.
A connectivity plan for healthy and active travel has also been prepared to take into account the opportunities for active travel both in and around the site, including strong connections beyond the A167 for trails convenient, safe and attractive cycle paths and cycle paths.
Cabinet members will be invited to review the draft plan, which will then be submitted for public consultation from November 29 to January 14.
Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Cabinet Member for Economics and Partnerships, said: “This area is ancient green belt land. This development is therefore expected to be one of the most sustainable in the region with the potential for on-site power generation, low-carbon homes and significant ecological improvements.
“This is a strategic site, located between Durham, key transport links and essential services, as well as local landmarks such as Sniperley Hall. It will provide access to services and amenities to support a sustainable community.
“We want to take a proactive approach in developing a plan that matches the potential of this site and meets the needs of residents.