One recent success of the Labour-run Coucnil here in Darlington has been the successful bid for £3 million Government cash to construct affordable homes for rent in the town. At a time when property prices are still relatively high, it is intended to help more families access decent housing.
Earlier this year, a developer was granted planning permission for a scheme on a part of the old Springfield Primary School site between Salters Lane South and Belsay Walk. In the aftermath of the credit crunch, the deal fell through. The Council now plans to use some of that £3 million to build houses on the same site, using the existinbg permission. The properties will provide low-cost energy for the people who live in them, as well as generating low amouints of CO2.
We pressed for more consultation with local residents on the scheme, which consists of 16 apartments, 12 terrace properties and 6 semi-detached houses. We're delighted that this was agreed, and tomorrow, (16th December 2009) between 3.30pm and 7.30pm at the Education Village, local people can view the plans and leave their comments.
To publicise the event, we've distributed nearly 1,000 newsletters about the event in the vicinity - many thanks to our willing volunteers Alan and Colin who've helped get the letters out at very short notice.
We'll be going along too, of course, to hear what local people have to say.