Since then Par Petroleum have been working closely with Durham County Council Planning team and they have now produced another application which apparently addresses all of the concerns of the ‘objectors’ – they have simply reduced the size of the extension. Par Petroleum, in their application also describe the need to expand as it will create an additional 7 jobs (there is no mention of how this development may affect people who run their own business from home who live on the estate) and interestingly now emphasise that as the site opened in 1991 and the estate wasn’t built until 2001 that ‘they were here first’ so our concerns are irrelevant.
However our original views still stand:
- They are expandIng the site into the green belt
- Health and safety - the risk
- Road Infrastructure/drains-flooding
Letters have been sent out by the Council (you should have received one in the post by now if you are on the Councils distribution list) to ask for further views of local residents with a closing date of February 1st - this week.
Yet again we need as many people as is possible to contact the Case Officer Steve France to register their concerns so that he, the Panning Team and others within the Council understand that we do not want this site to expand in any shape or form and that we take this as far as is possible until the application from Par Petroleum is defeated.