AN appeal has been lodged six months after plans to build a care home, community hub, retail units and up to 81 new homes in Howden-le-Wear were unanimously rejected by councillors.

Durham County Council’s county planning committee rejected Atelier 26 Architecture’s proposed scheme last November, with members describing the application as “poor” and “inappropriate.”

But this month, the Sedgefield-based architects lodged an appeal on behalf of its client with the Planning Inspectorate.

The proposal relates to land between Railway Street and Hargill Road and comprises a 57-bed care home, five retail units, a community hub, twenty affordable bungalows and 61 homes. The applicant said the scheme would deliver energy efficient homes, create jobs, and boost the economy.

But many villagers were against it, prompting 171 letters of objection and a 124-signature petition.

Dr Patrick Morton, a resident, said: “Residents are still dead against this for all of the reasons cited by the planning officer in his report and will be submitting objections to the inspector to make their thoughts clear.”

In submitting the appeal, the applicant stated: “It is considered the local authority has not given the appropriate weight to the positive aspects of the appeal.”