10 APRIL 2017
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Plans to develop land on the north side of Durham Tees Valley Airport for housing and a local services area for retail, commercial, leisure and community use have been backed by Darlington councillors.
The proposals are described as a “key element” in implementing the airport’s strategy to secure its sustainable long term future, with the revenue generated from the developments to be re-invested in the airport business.
In a statement following the “very positive” decision, Durham Tees Valley welcomed the planning applications committee’s “recognition of the importance of the developments in securing the investment needed to deliver the Master Plan”.
Features of the outline planning application include a residential development of up to 350 houses with provision for a development of small-scale retail space, financial and professional services, restaurants and other leisure facilities. Community facilities are also part of the application.
The application also includes a commitment to invest in improvements in local services, including education, affordable housing, highways and transport infrastructure.
Durham Tees Valley accounts for about 21,000 aircraft movements a year. The latest annual passenger count was 132,369. The majority shareholder in the airport is Peel Airports, which owns 89%, with the remaining 11% owned by a consortium of local authorities.
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