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St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, is finalising a planning application to Darlington Borough Council for a residential-led mixed-use development on part brownfield land at Faverdale 58 and Whessoe Road in Darlington.

The proposed development, known as Faverdale Garden Village (FGV), comprises new homes, including a significant amount of affordable housing through a partnership with Tees Valley Housing, employment units and a small retail centre, set in substantial areas of open space and enhanced landscaping. The application follows positive feedback from the recent public consultation.

Nick Whittingham, Land Director at St. Modwen, said: “The planning application would see the delivery of a total of 600 much needed family homes, providing an important contribution to the Council’s supply of housing land as well as delivering a substantial new homes bonus. The local community would also benefit from the provision of new open space and the improvement of bus, cycle and walking links.

“Darlington has an inadequate supply of housing land and the Council is facing pressure to build new housing on less sustainable, greenfield sites. Our proposals will regenerate the site of the former Corus factory, reusing a brownfield site and delivering a sustainable, high quality development, which includes affordable housing.”

The proposed new scheme will supersede a previous planning permission for 250 houses on the Whessoe Road site and an employment scheme on Faverdale 58, for which there is limited market demand. In bringing the site forward St. Modwen acknowledges the findings of the Council’s recent review of Business Sites and Premises (2013) report, which highlighted a vast oversupply of employment land in the town and suggested the deallocation of the Faverdale site for employment.