Go-ahead for Tees Valley business park link road

A Durham council has approved plans for a controversial 1.8km airport link road after planners concluded that any negative impacts arising from the development could be mitigated and it would be in line with national planning policy.

Durham Tees Valley Airport (picture by Dtvairport at Wikipedia)
Durham Tees Valley Airport (picture by Dtvairport at Wikipedia)

Darlington Borough Council followed Stockton Borough Council in granting planning permission to Durham Tees Valley Airport for the highway.

The road would connect the A67 with the proposed Southside business park for which a planning permission already exists.

Darlington planning officers noted that 119 objections were received to the application, including 96 copies of one standard letter and 11 of another.

Many of the objectors said they would only support aviation-related development and were keen to see more passenger services from Durham Tees Valley.

However, a report to the council’s planning applications committee said wider development proposals connected with the link road were "not considered to be material to consideration of this planning application".

Planning officers recommended that councillors give the green light to the 250m of road that would be built within the borough of Darlington.

"The proposed link road and alterations to the existing highway are considered to be acceptable in principle in terms of serving an extant planning permission for the Southside employment site," said the report.

"Furthermore the proposals are considered to be acceptable in terms of visual impact and highway safety and, subject to appropriate conditions, do not give rise to any unacceptable issues in terms of other matters of development management.

"The proposal is therefore considered to comply with development plan policies and the National Planning Policy Framework."

Peter Rowe, senior planner at Turley, who led the applications, said: "The Southside business park is a longstanding significant employment development. The new link road will unlock the delivery of this important strategic employment site and the considerable economic and social benefits which will be derived from it".

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