Artist's rendering of the new housing development in Crook.
Jane Imrie

Multi-million pound County Durham developments set to create 100 new jobs

A multi-million pound residential and leisure scheme in a County Durham town is set to create 100 new jobs.

Plans for new housing and leisure developments in Crook have been submitted to Durham County Council for approval.

Initiated by local community organisation, Crook Community Leisure, a planning application is being considered for 29 one, two and three bedroomed homes on land to the north of Crook town centre.

A concurrent outline application has been lodged for a significant extension to the existing leisure centre at Peases West Sports Centre run by Crook Community Leisure. New facilities will include a new 25m, six lane public swimming pool, multi-purpose studio room and an all-weather 3G rugby, football and hockey pitch with floodlighting.

The developments could see up to 100 new jobs in construction and the associated supply chain created.

Joe Ridgeon, director at Hedley Planning Services, which is steering the proposals through planning approval, commented: “This project is an exciting opportunity to provide high-quality housing and a much needed leisure facility boost for local people to enjoy.

“The commercial pressures associated with affordable housing are different to volume house building. Our experience working for registered social housing providers and developers across the region means that we can add value to this type of planning.”

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