Mount Oswald planning application recommended for approval by Durham County Council officers

January 30, 2013 | Mt Oswald News


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Proposals from the Durham-based Banks Group for the development of the Mount Oswald site in Durham City have been recommended for approval by Durham County Council’s officers.

Banks has put forward comprehensive proposals for the site, which encompass executive housing, an education quarter, new formal and informal public open spaces and a range of new community facilities. 

The planning application, which is being supported by The North East Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Small Businesses and Durham University, is expected to be heard by Durham County Council’s planning committee next Tuesday (5 February).

Banks has designed the Mount Oswald scheme in support of Durham County Council’s vision of Durham City acting as a driver of economic growth in the county, and if it is approved, it would support approximately 220 local jobs, with around 120 people employed on site during the construction phase of the scheme, and a further 100 jobs across the supply chain.

Up to a further 164 permanent jobs could also be supported by the different elements of the Mount Oswald development when it is complete, with local employment opportunities being created on the site through a new convenience store, small offices and the sustainable re-use of the Mount Oswald manor house.

The scheme would also see a number of natural corridors running through the site which open up into a range of different formal and informal public spaces.

Woodland in the central part of the site would be opened up to public access, and footpaths would link existing local communities with surrounding green spaces at Blaid’s Wood and the Woodland Trust’s Low Burnhall site.

Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at the Banks Group, says: “We’re pleased that Durham County Council’s officers have recognised the many strengths of our Mount Oswald planning application in recommending it for approval, and hope the members of the Council’s planning committee will be minded to agree with them next week.

“Our vision for Mount Oswald is to create an outstanding, high quality, low density, sustainable new neighbourhood of families and students with a green infrastructure that provides new green links and wildlife habitats and is well connected to public transport.

“It has been designed to contribute to the realisation of Durham County Council’s vision of Durham City acting as a driver of economic growth in the county, and would directly and indirectly support hundreds of local jobs at a time when such employment opportunities are very badly needed.

“It would also have an enduring positive impact on the city’s retail and housing sectors, and on Durham University’s drive towards maintaining its position as one of the world’s pre-eminent educational institutions.

“We have always believed that the wide range of economic and social benefits that the Mount Oswald scheme will bring to the city add up to make a very compelling case for planning approval, and as a long-established Durham-based family business, we hope we will soon get the opportunity to take this project forward.”

Anyone who would like more information on the Mount Oswald development proposals can contact the Banks community relations team by calling 0191 378 6100 or

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