Tuesday, 30 April 2013


The Durham County Council hereby give notice in pursuance of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) that planning permission has been REFUSED for the carrying out of the development referred to in Part 1 hereof in accordance with the application and plans submitted for the following reasons:
1. In the opinion of the Local Planning Authority the application has not demonstrated the proposals represent the 'very special circumstances' necessary to justify departure from the Green Belt policies in the Local Plan and the advice set out in the NPPF. The proposals are therefore contrary to Policies NE2, NE3, NE4 and NE6 of the Chester-le-Street District Local Plan 2003 (saved 2009).

2. Based upon the available evidence the Local Planning Authority do not consider the application has demonstrated to an acceptable degree the perceived harm arising from the safety implications of the proposals will not undermine the level of residential amenity local residents could reasonably expect to enjoy contrary to the general intent of Policies IN5 and IN10 of the Chester-le-Street District Local Plan 2003 (saved 2009).

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Application refused

The planning application has today been refused by the Planning Committee.
  • The application was not deemed to be a "very special circumstance" to warrant incursion into the greenbelt.
  • There was considered to be too much risk to the surrounding amenity
Congratulations to all involved and well done everyone.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Hearing tomorrow

Just a reminder it is the hearing tomorrow at the Civic Center, Chester-le-Street, Council Chambers 2 o'clock just turn up no notice is required. It shouldn't take too long and hopefully we can all get on with our lives afterwards.

This article appeared in the Echo today, the link is below in case you didn't catch it.

Link to article

MP Kevan Jones with left to right; David Thompson, Rita Carr and Guy Starkey, at the Par Petroleum depot, Lumley New Road, Woodstone Village.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Hearing Date

The Committee Hearing date has been set for 25th April 2013 - 14:00 at Chester-le-Street Council Chambers.

If you lodged an objection you should have received details, if not then please contact the Planning Team and make sure your  Objection has been lodged.


Thursday, 18 April 2013

Committee hearing 25th April 2013

Just a quick note to say the committee hearing will be at 14:00 on Thursday 25th April 2013 - next Thursday.
The venue I believe is Chester-le-street Council Offices.
If you objected you will get notification of this, if not then please contact the planning Dept.
We need your support and a show of strength on the day.