This site is aimed
at keeping informed the people of Whinfield, Darlington, and our
neighbours in adjoining wards, about what is going on in our district.
It is not directly connected with the local residents association or
any other organisation. It is provided as a free service for the
benefit of everyone who lives in the ward or surrounding area.
A major issue which is currently affecting
Whinfield is the contentious proposal by Darlington Borough Council to
designate in the Darlington Local Plan a vast area for proposed housing development in
unspoiled countryside to the north of the Town. This could involve the
possible relocation of Darlington Golf Course into Skerningham
Countryside Park to allow a large housing estate to be built,
with the loss of many trees and public access. It may also be the case
that an access road to the development will be pushed right across Springfield
Also under threat is Muscar
House Farm as a new zone for housing, located behind
Barmpton Lane in the fields towards the River Skerne, A planning
application by Bellway Homes to develop Elm
Tree Farm has already been submitted to Darlington
Borough Council [Nov 2018 &
The Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA),
with the support of Darlington Borough Council (DBC),
has brought forward proposals for a Darlington
Northern Bypass, which might relieve heavy traffic from parts
of Whinfield but which is likely to destroy parts of the beautiful and
historic Ketton Country and Skerne Valley and facilitate housing
expansion into the countryside.
These threats are real and imminent, and
hopefully if the residents of Whinfield, and our neighbours, are
vigilant and prepared to oppose insensitive developments, progress
might be made to try to stop or moderate them. These webpages are
designed to provide information, and to say something about some of the
attractive features of our neighbourhood, such as Beech
Springfield Park and Skerningham Countryside Park.
wishes to offer to contribute material to the site, comment on any
aspect of it, or request to be
put on the mailing list to be kept informed of updates to it, should email Alan at:
All of the design, coding and
content of this microsite was produced by Alan Hutchinson, who asserts
the copyright over his intellectual property, as part of his personal
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