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Old December 14th, 2010, 09:25 PM   #21
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Regarding the Stanley Academy, -----I found the following information, --hope this helps.


Stanley Academy still to go ahead

Following the disappointing Government announcement that most Building Schools for the Future (BSF) schools were to be stopped or put forward for discussion, we received the good news that Stanley Academy is still to go-ahead with full funding.

This means that Stanley School of Technology and Greencroft Business and Enterprise Community School will be combined into the new academy. You can view the proposed plans for the academy below:

Stanley Academy Existing.pdf (1 pages, 1430kb)
http://content.durham.gov.uk/PDFRepo...y_Existing.PDF

Stanley Existing Site Layout.pdf (1 pages, 1903kb)
http://content.durham.gov.uk/PDFRepo...ing_Layout.pdf

Stanley Academy Proposed.pdf (1 pages, 1338kb)
http://content.durham.gov.uk/PDFRepo...y_Proposed.PDF

Stanley Academy Perspectives of Proposed Scheme.pdf (1 pages, 688kb)
http://content.durham.gov.uk/PDFRepo...sed_Scheme.pdf


Link to article on 'Durham CC Website' - http://www.durham.gov.uk/pages/Servi...ServiceId=7027

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Ouch, looks rather badly designed for incoming traffic. Will cause major traffic jams.
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Old December 17th, 2010, 04:44 PM   #22
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I don't know the area, --- so can't comment on the road system, -----but the design of the buildings look good.
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Old December 22nd, 2010, 01:29 PM   #23
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Millionaire's row plans at mansion are rejected
6:30am Wednesday 22nd December 2010

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MULTI-MILLION pound plans to transform the dilapidated former country mansion of a celebrated Victorian novelist into a county’s most expensive private home have been thrown out by councillors.

Father and son Bill and Steven Spry, who made their fortune in commercial property, wanted to restore the 47- room Hamsterley Hall, near Consett, County Durham, as their family home, at a cost of £6.3m.

The hall was formerly home to Robert Smith Surtees, best known for his Jorrocks stories.

Surtees, whose work about cockney grocer Jorrocks has been compared with Dickens, devoted himself to a country life of hunting and shooting when he was not writing.

However, villagers and conservationists were furious because the scheme was linked to a £40m project also involving the creation of a 60-home millionaires’ row on the 170- acre estate, included to pay for the hall’s restoration.

Yesterday, Durham County Council’s county planning committee, meeting at County Hall, in Durham, granted the Sprys consent to restore the grade II*-listed hall, but refused permission for the housing development.

Earlier, objectors had told councillors the plans were “almost robbery”, “bordering on lunacy” and “a dodgy dossier”.

The committee rejected the scheme on a near-unanimous vote, with only two councillors abstaining.

Councillor Charlie Walker said: “I can’t accept part of natural England being removed for the sake of a developer.

We have sold ourselves short for many years. Let’s not do it again.”

Afterwards, a residents’ spokesman said the decision was a triumph for common sense.

“We would like the hall preserved but we’re concerned if we’re not careful the whole countryside will be taken over.

“We are happy with the sensible decision from the committee, which is for the benefit of everyone who lives in the Derwent Valley,” he added.

However, Mr Spry Jnr said he was surprised by the vote.

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Old December 23rd, 2010, 10:44 AM   #24
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Boost for Durham eco-village plan
December 23rd 2010, by Neil McKay, The Journal


AMBITIOUS plans for a revolutionary eco-village in County Durham have received a boost from landowners and civic bosses.

It had been feared that the proposed village on the former Lafarge cement works site at Eastgate, near Stanhope, Weardale, would be scrapped following the winding up of regional development agency One NorthEast.

But yesterday landowners Lafarge said plans were still under way, albeit at a “more pragmatic and slower pace”.

Supporters hope the project – comprising 65 homes, a hotel, spa and a cable car – will revive the dale, which was left devastated by the closure of the Lafarge cement works and the loss of 150 jobs more than eight years ago.

But the project to create 350 jobs was left in jeopardy after losing a £1m grant in One North East budget cuts announced in September.


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Old December 23rd, 2010, 10:46 AM   #25
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Funding for academy is £12m short
December 23rd 2010, by Neil McKay, The Journal


THE FUTURE of an academy for 1,700 students in a former steel town was thrown into confusion last night when the Government agreed funds that are £12m less than education bosses say is needed to build it.

The £20m for a new academy in Consett, County Durham, was announced yesterday, 12 days after Education Secretary Michael Gove visited the town.

Mr Gove visited Consett’s Blackfyne Community Sports College at the invitation of Durham North West MP Pat Glass and promised a decision on funding before Christmas.

The Department for Education last night agreed £20.7m in funding for the new school – but that falls significantly short of the £32m the council had been promised under the Labour Government.


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Old December 24th, 2010, 01:50 PM   #26
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I don't know the area, --- so can't comment on the road system, -----but the design of the buildings look good.
Looks good there but I fear it may be like typical 1960s architecture- grandiose and good looking on the drawing board and for the first year or so but a horrid eyesore ever after.

It also looks a bit small. They're demolishing and merging two schools into that one.
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Boost for Durham eco-village plan
December 23rd 2010, by Neil McKay, The Journal


AMBITIOUS plans for a revolutionary eco-village in County Durham have received a boost from landowners and civic bosses.

It had been feared that the proposed village on the former Lafarge cement works site at Eastgate, near Stanhope, Weardale, would be scrapped following the winding up of regional development agency One NorthEast.

But yesterday landowners Lafarge said plans were still under way, albeit at a “more pragmatic and slower pace”.

Supporters hope the project – comprising 65 homes, a hotel, spa and a cable car – will revive the dale, which was left devastated by the closure of the Lafarge cement works and the loss of 150 jobs more than eight years ago.

But the project to create 350 jobs was left in jeopardy after losing a £1m grant in One North East budget cuts announced in September.


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I think this project will be good for the area, ---lets hope there are jobs created, --lets hope something happens with this.
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Old December 24th, 2010, 03:24 PM   #28
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Looks good there but I fear it may be like typical 1960s architecture- grandiose and good looking on the drawing board and for the first year or so but a horrid eyesore ever after.

It also looks a bit small. They're demolishing and merging two schools into that one.
This Development is to lose millions of pounds of funding, ---wonder if the project will be cut back, --and if the design will change.
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Cattle mart plan for Darlington could bring 300 jobs
1 January 2011, BBC News

Plans to create one of the UK's largest cattle markets could bring up to 300 jobs to Darlington, it is claimed.

Darlington Farmers' Auction Mart Company wants to build a 50 hectare (123.5 acre) complex, near Burtree, on the outskirts of the town.

Darlington Council has welcomed the plan, estimating up to 300 new jobs for the area's agricultural sector.

The authority is expected to formally back the £17m proposals at a meeting later this month.

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1 January 2011, BBC News

Plans to create one of the UK's largest cattle markets could bring up to 300 jobs to Darlington, it is claimed.

Darlington Farmers' Auction Mart Company wants to build a 50 hectare (123.5 acre) complex, near Burtree, on the outskirts of the town.

Darlington Council has welcomed the plan, estimating up to 300 new jobs for the area's agricultural sector.

The authority is expected to formally back the £17m proposals at a meeting later this month.

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This proposed £17 million Development is going to be some size, ----and will create 300 new jobs, --which has to be good news, ---it looks as though the Council are going to give it the go-ahead.
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Seaham film studio plans may be over
January 30th 2011, by Adrian Pearson, Sunday Sun


IT COULD have been the Hollywood of the UK, located at the heart of one of the North’s most deprived constituencies.

But the dream of opening a leading film studio may be in tatters as the recession and Government cuts could scupper plans to build a Centre for Creative Excellence in Seaham.

Today your Sunday Sun says this latest blow to one of the most deprived parts of the UK is exactly why posh prime minister David Cameron needs to pay a visit and see for himself why some parts of the North East need investment if they are ever to see new business grow.

As MPs warn Cameron the private sector can not do it alone, we call on him to visit Easington to see how his policies impact on real people.

In 2008 the region was told to prepare for glitz and glamour as £52m worth of investment was earmarked for Easington by a Hartlepool-registered consortium of private investors and developers called Coolmore Estate.

Two years on and with no public cash available to get started, East Durham is now unlikely to see the 2,400 jobs created on the Dawdon site.


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Yeah, --I think at the time, ---there was talk of a £ 300 million Development of a Film Studio, --and with involvement from a couple of Universities, ---and there would also be numerous jobs created, -----will be a shame if nothing comes of this like.
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600 Jobs could be created, ---this would be good news for this area, ---this from the Northern Echo, --



The South Durham Enterprise Agency makes £11m funding bid
9:32am Monday 31st January 2011

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MORE than 600 jobs could be created and a cinema built if a multi-million-pound funding bid is successful.

The South Durham Enterprise Agency (SDEA) has submitted an £11.7m request to the Government for Regional Growth Fund (RGF) cash as it attempts to kick-start developments in the area.

One of the projects seeking funding is a cinema at the Terrace Hill Development, in St Helen Auckland.

The £45m scheme, which has already seen a Sainsbury’s supermarket and a stadium for Bishop Auckland FC built, has stalled after a drop in the market saw cinema operators lose interest in the site.

More than 4,300 people have joined a group on social networking website Facebook calling for a cinema and county councillor for the area, Rob Yorke, said the funding would make their dreams a reality.

Councillor Yorke, who is the SDEA chairman, said several companies, including a cinema operator, have agreed to develop in the area if the bid for the Government cash is successful.

He said the purpose of the RGF was to “spark the ignition”

of developments which have been waylaid by the economic troubles and create opportunities for people aged between 18 and 24.

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Conservationists agree to move historic mart
9:50am Monday 31st January 2011

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HERITAGE experts have reluctantly backed plans to move a historic cattle market 26 miles away.

Councillors will be advised to approve a proposal to build 15 homes on the site of 130-year-old Tow Law Auction Mart, in County Durham when they meet on Thursday.

Officials have already agreed to allow the mart to be moved to Cross Lanes Farm, near Barnard Castle, where it will be re-built as part of a visitor attraction.

Durham County Council’s design and conservation department said it had explored the option of keeping the mart in Tow Law, but because there was “no likelihood of the mart being brought back into use, and given its ever deteriorating state, a new use and site must be found for the building”.

Planning officer Sinead Turnbull said the principle of homes on the site had already been set after approval was given in 2007 to build 13 houses next to the mart.

She said the development would “represent effective and efficient use of brownfield land

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Bishop Auckland news, -- from the Northern Echo, --


Auckland Castle is not for sale, says the church
12:22pm Monday 31st January 2011

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THE Church of England has said today that it has no plans to sell Auckland Castle.

Andrew Brown, secretary to the Church Commissioners, has stated that the historic building, in Bishop Auckland, will not be sold but the future of the £15m Zurbaran paintings which are located there remains uncertain.

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Stanley news, --from the Northern Echo, --


Work starts on South Moor park upgrade
5:25pm Monday 31st January 2011

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A GROUNDBREAKING ceremony has been held to mark the start of work to revamp a community’s park.

The Memorial Park at South Moor, near Stanley, is getting a major facelift that will see the creation of a picnic area, a multi-use games area and a skate park.

There will also be new wildlife habitats to support the area’s flora and fauna and improvements to the area’s footpaths so that the park will be more accessible to as many people as possible.

The park, which is a valuable local heritage site, is the focus of a long running project aiming to benefit the whole community of South Moor.

The project is being led by the South Moor Partnership and is being facilitated by Groundwork North East and supported by Durham County Council.

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Developers given more time
5:22pm Thursday 27th January 2011

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DEVELOPERS behind a big new estate that residents fear will dwarf their village have been given more time to complete highway improvements.

One of the last acts of Chester-le-Street District Council before its demise almost two years ago was to approve Persimmon Homes' plan to build 248 homes on farmland at Newfield, near Pelton.

The development, which had been in the pipeline in various forms for some time, was opposed by the Newfield Pelton Action Group for being out of scale with the existing village, the strain it will put on local facilities and the impact on the road network.

Among the conditions of permission were that the company had to build a roundabout on the A693 Stanley to Chester-le-Street road and a link path to the nearby C2C Sustrans cycle route.

Planners said the work had to be done by the time the 20th home in the development was completed and occupied.

Durfham County Council, successor to the defunct district, has backed a request from the firm to defer the requirement until the 40th home has owners living in it.

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Award for farm shop
4:10pm Wednesday 2nd February 2011

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A FARM shop in north Durham has won a national award.

Knitsley Farm Shop, near Consett, has been voted Best Farm Retail Newcomer in the UK by a panel of judges from the Farm and Rural Markets Association.

The farm shop was opened in November 2008 by Edward and Rachael Jewson, who converted redundant farm buildings to house the farm shop, butchery and cafe.

Award judge Nigel Chandler said: "Everything about Knitsley Farm Shop and Cafe speaks of quality from the beautifully converted buildings to the impressive array of local foods on offer, to the enthusiasm and knowledge of the staff.

"In a very short time Edward and Rachael have produced an exemplary business model
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Darlington news, ----this from the Northern Echo, --



LATEST DARLINGTON NEWS Spring start on Corus site
6:12pm Tuesday 8th February 2011

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WORK on a major development which could transform an area of Darlington is to start in a few months.

The developer behind the 250-home plan for the derelict former Corus site, in Whessoe Road, hopes to begin building work in May, with people moving into the houses by the end of the year.

A local councillor has welcomed the scheme, but hopes local people will be involved in deciding what community facilities will be available.

Outline planning permission was given to St Modwen Properties' plan in December 2009. Work has started to prepare the land, which has been empty since the Corus site closed in 2007.

Stephen Prosser, St Modwen's North-East regional director, said: "What people will recognise as building houses should start in May. That should lead to houses being delivered during the later part of this year.

"It's in a part of town that has always needed some good quality family housing."

The firm has entered into a partnership with housebuilder Persimmon which will develop the land.

The development, which is to include a mixture of two, three and four-bedroomed family homes and one and two-bedroomed apartments, will also contain ten per cent housing classed as affordable.

As well as the houses, the outline permission also contains plans for two children's play areas and public art.

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This from the BBC Wear news, ----



UK Coal opencast mine plan for County Durham rejectedContinue reading the main story

Plans to develop an opencast mine in County Durham's countryside have been rejected by councillors following an "overwhelming" campaign of opposition.

Planners had recommended approval of the UK Coal proposal for a site between Dipton and Leadgate.

But at a meeting on Tuesday opponents presented Durham county councillors with a petition signed by 3,000 people.

A representative from UK Coal said the firm would "consider the decision". It still has the right to appeal.

The villagers' campaign included a petition, backing from the past and present local MP and support from their local councillors.
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