Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Former Springfield Primary School Site


Canvassing in Kielder Drive and Meldon Close yesterday, which gave me a chance to discuss the plans for the old Springfield Primary School site with local people again.
The site is now up for sale. I reassured residents again that only the "footprint" of the school buildings and the car park can be developed, so the greater part of the area will remain open space.
The other key issue for local people has been access to the development - residents in Kielder Drive were worried that there might be a link from the new housing onto their road, making what is now a quiet backwater into a much busier road.
We pressed hard that access to the development be from Salters Lane South, and I was delighted when this was incorporated into the plans. I also spoke to officers last week about keeping the grassed area tidy and free from litter, and was pleased that a cut has already been done (albeit that the grass hasn't been collected). That'll have to be another call to the officers this morning...

5 comments:

miketually said...

"only the "footprint" of the school buildings and the car park can be developed, so the greater part of the area will remain open space."

Interesting; I'd not realised that.

Can the field area become enclosed garden space?

Darlington Councillor said...

As I understand it, Mike, the open speace will remain exactly that, and will be available for the local community.

ian holme said...

Hi Nick,
Interested in your reassurance regarding the extent of developmemnt.
Is the land greenbelt? if not which other planning policy offers the level of protection you state?

Not trying to catch you out or anything, just interested!

Darlington Councillor said...

The land is classed as previously developed land, Ian. What prevents it all being built-upon are Government rules regarding the disposal of former school sites which stipulate that only the footprint of the building and the car park can be built-upon.

There is in fact far less "green belt" land around than most people appreciate. The green belt clause isn't relevant here.

ian holme said...

Thanks Nick,
appreciate the clarification.