Councillors in Stockton have deferred making a decision on the future of a former Ministry of Defence site. Developers say 3,000 construction jobs would be created if they got the go-ahead to build the 845 homes at the Allens West site in Eaglescliffe.
People living nearby have objected over concerns about extra traffic and spaces in schools. Local businesses have also raised their issues.
This afternoon, Stockton Council's Planning Committee said it was 'minded to refuse the application' but members want further discussions with developers before making a final decision and have deferred the matter until they meet again at the end of the month.
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