Skerningham Further Traffic Modelling and Springfield Park
Skerningham is one of a number of strategic allocations in the Borough with the potential to deliver approximately 1800 houses during the plan period (up to 2036). There is an aspiration to deliver more houses beyond 2036 and the area allocated could accommodate up to 4,500 homes in total. The potential of this area to deliver much needed housing and create a sustainable development, supported by new services such as schools, public transport and health facilities, has been recognised by the Government who have granted it Garden Community status.
The Draft Local Plan, published in June 2018 for consultation, identified a number of possible access points into Skerningham. One of these was through Springfield Park and objections were raised. This was also specifically raised by Members when the Local Plan was scrutinised by Councillors at Place Scrutiny Committee.
To provide more information to inform decisions the Council commissioned some additional work to understand how the traffic patterns might change if the access point was removed from the Local Plan. The site promoters, Skerningham Estates Ltd, also undertook some additional work to identify how the road would be aligned and what opportunities the sites allocation might create to make improvements to the park.
All Members were invited to be briefed on the initial findings and you can view the presentation here [pdf].
A public drop in session will be held at Whessoe Parish Hall on Thursday 9 January 2020 between 3.00pm and 6.30pm where Council officers and representatives of Skerningham Estates Ltd will be available to answer questions.
In response to comments received so far an additional drop-in session has been arranged in the Community Room at Oban Court, Whinbush Way, on Wednesday 15th January 2020 between 4.00pm and 7.30pm.
We have produced a short online questionnaire or a downloadable form [pdf], which can be returned electronically to [email protected] or by post to Planning Policy, Darlington Borough Council, Town Hall, Feethams, Darlington, DL1 5QT. Responses need to be returned by 5pm on Thursday 16 January 2020. For further information telephone 01325 406724.
Feedback from the engagement event and submitted questionnaires will be presented to Members when considering the next stage of the Local Plan.