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Big plans unveiled

An historic riverside walk and a cultural quarter are among the ideas that have been unveiled for Darlington Town Centre.

Darlington Borough Council has drawn up a list of ideas to rejuvenate the Fringe area in the north and east of the town.

The plans also include 650 new homes, an arts hub, cinema, restaurants and 250,000sq ft of shops, offices and businesses. The project would cost £51.8 million and would be paid for from Government and European funding and by selling off council land. The redevelopment would take place over the next 20 years.

The council also hopes private investors would pay for the housing and commercial part of the development.

Councillor Chris McEwan, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for economy and regeneration, said: “The proposed masterplan is just the start of the journey and sets out the ideas we want to share and develop over the next 20 years.

“We will be inviting local residents and businesses to share their views on some of the ideas it includes.”

The area set out for development contains some of the town’s most deprived wards and could not be rejuvenated in the past because it was in the blast zone of a disused gas tower, and the land next to the Skerne was prone to flood risk.

The draft plans were drawn up after public consultation and include remodelling the inner ring road, creating junctions and bringing carriageways together and making the area better for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport.

 

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