Sadly the Planning Committee of Darlington Council granted the permission for Keepmoat to build the houses they've asked for.

 The committee votes were as follows:-

Councillor Baldwin (Chair) Labour For
Councillor Regan (Vice Chair) Labour For
Councillor I Haszeldine Labour For
Councillor L Haszeldine Labour For
Councillor Knowles Labour For
Councillor Lister Labour For
Councillor D A Lyonette Labour For
Councillor J Taylor Labour For

Councillor Cartwright Conservative Against
Councillor Galletley Conservative Against
Councillor Johnson Conservative Against
Councillor Lee Conservative Against
Councillor Stenson Conservative Against
Councillor Kelley, Liberal Democrat Against 

Would like to say a big thank you to our ward Councillors Rachel Mills & Sue Richmond for all their help and backing throughout our campaign.

 The fight is not over though as we now need to make sure that the remaining land is never built on! 



The Keepmoat application will be discussed by the Planning Committee on Wednesday 21st September from 1.30pm at the Town Hall.

The public are allowed to attend the meeting.

For more information visit:-


Keepmoat have submitted their planning application to the Council for 'Erection Of 40 No Dwellings And Associated Access Roads, Footpaths And Car Parking' on Bellburn Field.

To view the full application please visit:-…/…/

And search using the Application Ref No.16/00650/FUL

This is the final chance to put our views across so don't miss out!  





During March Mike Crawley, Rachel Mills and myself met with Jamie Leeson of the Fields in Trust organisation.

We were interested in finding out if they would help protect the remaining part of the field if the development went ahead. Jamie gave us lots of information and examples, it was decided that the best route was to get Keepmoat involved and have them sound out the Council as to what could happen.

This Jamie did and he has now come back to us with an update, sadly the news isn't good. Whilst the Council have confirmed they "have no proposals or intention to develop out the remainder of the site" they are "not at this time willing to pursue your suggestion."

So they say they won't develop it but aren't prepared to put an official deed over it to make sure that it stays as a green space in the

As Jamie pointed out "they are one of a few Local Authorities in the UK who have not protected any land with us since we started in 1925." 

We thank Jamie and Ian Prescott of Keepmoat for their time and effort and can only hope that the Council's view can be changed to protect the little amount of greenfield we will have left in the area.  

Emma Crawley


A 3rd Keepmoat Consultation Event was held on Tuesday 23rd February at St Matthew & St Luke Parish Church.

These are some of the plans presentedshown below:



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After various digging activities on the field over the week up to 19th February many residents noticed that it had been left in a terrible state and complained to Keepmoat.

We have received the following reply from Ian Prescott:

'This morning a local Councillor brought to my attention the poor state that our engineers have left the field in following some trial hole works. I immediately contacted our engineers and they have assured me that they will return to site and tidy things up early next week. In the meantime I wish to sincerely apologise to local residents.'