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(From The Northern Echo)
Byline: HELEN MILLER
HOUSES could be built on an auction mart site which closed after the foot-andmouth crisis hit Wear Valley.
Bishop Auckland Auction Mart ceased trading in 2001 as the foot and mouth epidemic tightened its grip on the region.
The crisis and a change in livestock laws meant it was no longer possible to hold the mart's weekly Wednesday sales and the site never re-opened.
Outline planning permission has since been given to demolish the buildings on the site to make way for housing.
But Darlington Farmers Auction Mart, which owns the site, has filed a further application to make …