A CONTROVERSIAL multi-million pound housing development has been granted planning permission.

Members of Durham County Council’s County Planning committee have, in the last hour, backed the £200m plans for Mount Oswald Golf Course, in Durham City, by a majority vote.

Banks Property has been given permission to build nearly 300 homes on the 95-acre site, along with accommodation for 1,000 students as well as offices and community facilities.

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The company claimed the development would boost economic growth in the city but opponents, including Durham MP Roberta Blackman-Woods, were concerned over traffic issues and loss of green space.

More than 2,000 people signed a petition opposing the scheme and 500 letters have been sent to the council.