Objectors succeed in blocking plan

Greater White-fronted Geese are usually spotted at the site. Thanks to David Tipling/2020VISION for the photo.

Durham Wildlife Trust welcomes the decision by Durham County Council to refuse a planning application at Hurworth Burn Reservoir, which would see 81 touring caravan pitches, 26 holiday lodges, and a water sports centre including a bar and restaurants being built at the site.

In their decision on the application Durham County Council said: “The development would result in significant adverse impacts on biodiversity and protected species on a County Wildlife Site and would also likely adversely affect the Teesmouth and Cleveland Coast Special Protection Area, Ramsar site, National Nature Reserve and SSSI without any adequate mitigation or compensation and no overriding national interest to justify the development.”

Jim Cokill, Director at Durham Wildlife Trust, said: “Obviously, the Trust accepts that there must be development. We all need homes to live in and places to work in. Nature and development can coexist and benefit each other, but it needs to be the right development in the right place, which is why the Trust objected to this proposal.”