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Plans for student accommodation at former County Hospital in Durham unveiled
PLANS to turn a former mental health hospital into apartments for student accommodation were unveiled at a public display yesterday (Saturday, September 14).
The proposals for the old County Hospital were on show at the now-disused Victorian building, off North Road, Durham City.
Sandra Manson, director of Newcastle-based Signet planning – which is acting as planning advisor for the project – said: “We are looking at a planned and independently-managed student accommodation residential scheme for the site.
“We have three development options that we are seeking views of from the community and other interested bodies.”
Mrs Manson said the first two options, each expected to cost around £20m, were focused around the retention and restoration of the Victorian building and removal of “inappropriate extensions”.
There will be the provision of new-build accommodation on the site – the only difference between the two options being the siting.
Those two options would create accommodation for from 475 to 485 students.
The third option, costing about £6m, would see the retention and restoration of both the Victorian building and the 1930’s extensions – providing accommodation for about 280 students.
Mrs Manson said: “The third option is not the preferred option, neither is it the option that would provide the greatest enhancement from a heritage and landscape perspective.
“But is a deliverable option for the developer of the site.”
The proposals will also be available online at signetplanning.com from tomorrow (Monday September 16).
Comments should be emailed to: email@example.com by Wednesday, September 25.
The hospital housed in-patient services for the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust until January 2010, when it was replaced by the purpose-built £17.9mLanchester Road Hospital, at Sniperley, Durham City.
It has been bought by developers are Peveril Securities, Sladen Estates and Helios Real Estate.
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