Durham County Council’s planning committee has been minded to approve plans put forward by The Banks Group for new student accommodation in the northern part of the Mount Oswald site in Durham City.
The County Durham-headquartered, family-owned firm put forward a planning application late last year which was designed to establish the principle of developing student accommodation on a 3.2 hectare part of the site that has previously not be assigned a specific designation.
The application does not relate to a specific design as yet, but was made to ensure The Banks Group could move forward quickly as and when a detailed scheme is ready to be put forward.
John Ruddick, senior property development manager at The Banks Group, says: “Having had a recommendation for approval from Durham County Council’s planning officers for this application, we’re pleased that the members of the Council’s planning committee have been minded to follow it today.
“This planning application was designed to establish the principle of developing student accommodation on a 3.2 hectare plot in the northern part of the Mount Oswald site, with the location of the site, its proximity to other relevant facilities and the existing local infrastructure all making it highly suitable for this type of project.
“The committee’s decision will allow us to move quickly as and when any specific scheme is brought forward for this site. Once we have a specific proposal in place, we will as usual carry out a full consultation in advance of any detailed planning application being submitted.
“The Mount Oswald scheme was designed by Banks in support of the County Council’s vision of Durham City acting as a driver of economic growth in the county, and a long-established Durham-based family business, we are excited to be continuing to see our plans being realised to the benefit of both the city and the wider region.”