Archive for the ‘Planning applications’ Category

October Open Meeting

October 18, 2015

The next Open Meeting of the Village Trust is to be held on Tuesday evening 20th October.  There will be a slide show presentation about the Trust’s entry in Northumbria in Bloom. Everyone is welcome.

Open meeting agenda - 20 October 15

Spa Grounds development

February 27, 2015

A proposal for housing development and new cricket facilities at the Spa Grounds is finally being considered by Durham County Council, following a protracted period of consultation and report submissions. The scheme was first considered by Derwentside District Council in 2009.

The planning application is being considered by members of the County Planning Committee in the Council Chamber at County Hall, next Tuesday, 3 March 2015 at 2pm.

If you have a couple of hours to spare the committee report is an interesting read.

The report states that the original Derwentside decision, where members were minded to approve the application, is no longer relevant to the determination of this application, because that decision is now considered to be flawed owing to the lack of crucial information. Therefore, the application needs to be considered afresh with all material considerations properly assessed and a new decision made.

It is being recommended for refusal by officers.


The planning committee resolved to refuse permission.  Have a look at the reasons in the decision notice.

Storey Homes started

January 8, 2012

The redevelopment of part of the former Shotley Bridge Hospital site has started with the clearance of trees and shrubs approved for phases I & II.

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The site has been fenced off for safety and security as part of the enabling work, prior to the construction compound and investigation work starting this week.  Construction traffic will be using the existing hospital access from Woodlands Road.

Story Homes are hoping to open the sales centre and show houses this summer, using the Elm Park access.

The remainder of the site is being managed by Story Homes, with further phases of development taking place over the next 7/8 years.

Any queries about the development should be made to the developer’s Carlisle office.

Hospital housing site approved

December 17, 2011

The final details of development on the former Shotley Bridge Hospital Site have now been approved.

Durham County council issued the planning permission certificate on the 24th November 2011. Story Homes are hoping to start development early in the new year.

All the details can be found on the Durham County Council website.

Open Meeting 28 June

June 27, 2011

One item on the agenda of the Open Meeting tomorrow is “Development at Shotley Bridge Hospital” which will cover the planning application by Story Homes for housing development there. Plans of their proposals will be on display.

As a prelude to this item, Jack Cavanagh has kindly agreed to give an illustrated talk on the ‘historical’ development of the site, from it’s inception as a workhouse, the building of the General Hospital and its final demise.  Jack used to be the Chief Medical Scientific Officer in Haematology at Shotley Bridge General Hospital and is Chairman of the Consett & District Heritage Initiative.

The meeting starts at 7.45pm with complimentary coffee/tea & biscuits from 7.30Pm.  The Trust’s AGM starts at 7.00pm.

New Shotley Grove Footbridge soon!

May 11, 2011

Planning permission for the revised alignment of the new footbridge across the River Derwent has now been granted.

If there are no more holdups, construction may start on the 23rd May 2011!

Story application submitted

May 8, 2011

A detailed [Reserved Matters] planning application has now been submitted by Story Homes for housing development on the former Shotley Bridge Hospital site.

Durham County Council are undertaking formal consultations with residents and other consultees.  There is a one day public exhibition being held at St Cuthbert’s Church Hall, Church Bank on Thursday 12th May, 3.30pm – 7.00pm.

Details of the application can be viewed on the Council’s website. Responses are required before the [end of] May Bank Holiday.

Shotley Grove footbridge

February 18, 2011

A revised planning application has been submitted for the replacement Shotley Grove footbridge.

The revised plan shows a new alignment from the north end of the public car park crossing the river in a single span.  Both a ramped and stepped access is to be provided from the public car park on the east side and the footbridge will land at grade on the west bank.

Funding for this scheme is available for this coming financial year.  With planning approval, works should be able to start May/June 2011 and be completed in September.  I’m also informed that Environment Agency approval is forthcoming.

Take a look at the plan showing the revised alignment or go to Durham County Council’s online planning application system for all the application details.

Housing development plans

October 20, 2010

If you missed the exhibition yesterday, Story Homes have now posted the boards that were on display on their website.

They show constraints and opportunities, concept development, housetype design and potential sketch layout.

Comments are requested by 2nd November, using a feedback form.

Public exhibition

October 13, 2010

Story Homes, the developers of the former Shotley Bridge Hospital site, are holding an exhibition next Tuesday, 19th October, about the proposed residential development. It is being held in St Cuthbert’s Church Hall, Church Bank, 2 – 7 pm.

This poster gives more details of the exhibition. They also propose to post more information from the day on their website.

Housing on former hospital site

July 21, 2010

Community consultations on the housing plans for the redevelopment of part of the former Shotley Bridge Hospital site are expected to take place mid-October.

The developers have now exchanged contracts with the Homes and Communities Agency and they are are looking to submit a Reserved Matters application by the end of November, with planning approval anticipated in February/March next year.

Outline planning permission was granted in April 2008 with agreement to provide funding for improvements to the Derwent Walk and Shotley Bridge village centre.

Story Homes were selected as the preferred developer in May 2009.

Cumbria-based housebuilder Story Homes were celebrating last month after scooping a major award in the hotly contested ‘House of the Year’ category in the prestigious Scottish Home awards.

Shotley Grove footbridge

April 24, 2010

Work has started on preparing the site for the new footbridge which will replace the one washed away in the floods in September 2008.

Trees and bushes have been felled on both banks of the river to allow for access and the foundations for the bridge to be constructed.

Planning approval and Environment Agency consent for the bridge have been obtained and the main contractor is drawing up a works programme. However, there is no start date yet because there are a number of logistical issues to be resolved, regarding road access for the lifting crane.

The trees have been reduced so as to help with the crane lift. It’s planned that the assembled 31m deck span will be positioned alongside the river’s edge wall bounding the car park before being lifted into place. The tree works have been done early prior to any birds setting up nests.

February newsletter

February 8, 2010

The first newsletter for 2010 is being printed and will be distributed to members next weekend, together with a copy of the Village Directory. If you would like to read a copy go to the Pages column. You will need to have Microsoft Word software on your computer.

The newsletter includes information about



November 17, 2009

The three newsletters that have been published so far this year are available to read [see the Pages column]. You will need to have Microsoft Word software on your computer.

The February newsletter gives information about the Trust’s Design Awards, the proposed development at Shotley Spa, the new Neighbourhood Partnership and traffic and highway issues.

In May the newsletter mentions the Derwent Valley Partnership, action on litter and an update on the planning application at The Spa.

September’s issue deals with the village centre Open Weekend, ‘The Parking Lot’ study and a suggestion to enter the Northumbria in Bloom competition.