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Banks Property Bent House Lane project team L-R: Lewis Stokes, Laura Emerson and Duncan Holness.
Jane Imrie

Updated plans revealed for Durham City residential development

New updated plans for a residential development outside of Durham City have been unveiled.

Developer Banks Property has updated the plans, which were originally submitted to Durham County Council in October 2020, to include an additional parcel of land as well as keep an existing nearby road junction.

The initial application sought permission for up to 440 family homes on land to the south of the A181 Sherburn Road between Gilesgate and the A1, which has been allocated for residential development in the recently-adopted County Durham Plan.

Following consultation with local residents and stakeholders, the amended plans now encompass an area to the east of the site previously not included, meaning all the land within the housing allocation is contained within the Banks planning application.

Also, again following local feedback and discussions with the Durham Council Highways team, the proposed closure of the Bent House Lane junction to the A181 has been amended and this will now remain open.

Lewis Stokes, community relations manager at Banks Property, commented: “Homes, and especially affordable homes, are very much needed in this area and, in line with the Durham plan, this project will deliver them in the most appropriate place.

“As with all our projects, we value and always try to act on feedback from local people. Since launching our plans for Bent House Lane last year, we’ve talked to lots of local residents and community groups. We’ve also carried out a wide range of technical surveys to help us put together our updated planning application.

“We’re very pleased by the level of support for our plans and the feedback that’s helping us finesse and improve them. There is a clear need and demand for new homes in this area, as identified by Durham County Council, and we’re excited by the prospect of creating a thriving and well-connected new community here.”

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