23 September 2009
Planning experts from WYG have helped a
A new £16 million agricultural and equine centre at Humbleton Farm and a site for 160 new houses near
David Crichton-Miller, WYG Environment Planning Transport Managing Director said: “WYG has a track record of providing creative solutions to some of the world’s most challenging projects. Our objective here was to seek planning permission for the new agricultural and equine centre on a green field site beyond current limits to development in the main development plan. The second planning application we were asked to promote as ‘enabling development’ for the housing development site near the football stadium. This was also beyond limits to development in the main development plan.”
WYG prepared the planning case and submitted the two planning applications with the full range of supporting documents last year and both have now be approved by Darlington Borough Council, subject to a routine section 106 planning agreement.
Government office North East has also approved the applications.
These applications will facilitate the removal of a non-conforming use from a prominent site in central Darlington near the railway station, a gateway to
David Crichton-Miller, added: “The farm will be a model of sustainability, with power for the site being generated by a new biogas plant, which will generate electricity from the digestion of organic material produced, inter alia, by animals at the mart.
“The end product of digestion is organic fertiliser, which will be spread on nearby farmland for improving crop yields. In addition, water will be sourced from an aquifer on site and flood risk will be managed by the creation of new ponds, which, in combination with new woodland planting, will create valuable new habitats for wildlife.”
The new mart development will also include a main building, training and conference facilities, service uses, a range of separate business units, a trot and gallop area, lairage for animals, parking and landscaping. Access to the site will be via a new roundabout with the A68.