Work on Mt Oswald 'will start within six months' - housebuilder

The plans for housing at Mount Oswald

The plans for housing at Mount Oswald

First published in News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter (Durham)

DEVELOPERS hope to start work on the first phase of a £200m housing scheme for a city golf course by July.

Barratt Homes North East today (Monday, January 6) said it “will” start work on four new developments over the next six months, including an exclusive 61-home estate on Mount Oswald golf course, in Durham City.

Durham County Council granted outline planning permission for nearly 300 homes, accommodation for 1,000 students, offices and community facilities on the 95-acre site off South Road last February.

Although plans for 61 detached four and five-bedroom homes worth £450,000 to £750,000 each were the subject of a public exhibition in October, no detailed planning application has yet been submitted.

However, a spokesman said this would come shortly and it hoped to receive detailed permission soon.

Detailed planning permission has already been granted for 56 homes at Milburn Green, Burnopfield; 48 for the historic La Sagesse site in Jesmond, Newcastle; and 63 at Scholars’ Wynd, Lemington, Newcastle.

Together, the schemes would provide 228 homes worth £65m and support around 450 jobs, the firm said.

Fenton Hewitt, sales director at Barratt North East, said: “The Prime Minister has said again and again that one of the best ways to boost economic growth and get people working is through building more homes.

“The plans we are announcing today show exactly how that theory works in practice.

“The new sites will provide much-needed new homes for local people at a time when there is a chronic shortage of housing.”

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7:25am Tue 7 Jan 14

scprof says...

Build more houses but reduce the facilities for locals to use.

Good old Durham County Council proving they don't have a clue.

I hope Banks are happy with themselves for destroying a great facility for the residents of Durham City, just to line their own pockets with money.
Build more houses but reduce the facilities for locals to use. Good old Durham County Council proving they don't have a clue. I hope Banks are happy with themselves for destroying a great facility for the residents of Durham City, just to line their own pockets with money. scprof
  • Score: 9

8:58am Tue 7 Jan 14

Jackaranda says...

scprof wrote:
Build more houses but reduce the facilities for locals to use.

Good old Durham County Council proving they don't have a clue.

I hope Banks are happy with themselves for destroying a great facility for the residents of Durham City, just to line their own pockets with money.
Vast tracts of good land wasted, what for, knocking a little white ball around, they should build houses on all golf courses!!
[quote][p][bold]scprof[/bold] wrote: Build more houses but reduce the facilities for locals to use. Good old Durham County Council proving they don't have a clue. I hope Banks are happy with themselves for destroying a great facility for the residents of Durham City, just to line their own pockets with money.[/p][/quote]Vast tracts of good land wasted, what for, knocking a little white ball around, they should build houses on all golf courses!! Jackaranda
  • Score: -6

9:24am Tue 7 Jan 14

Jozi12 says...

No more little white ball - just traffic chaos for ever more.

Thank you Jackaranda.
No more little white ball - just traffic chaos for ever more. Thank you Jackaranda. Jozi12
  • Score: 4

10:16am Tue 7 Jan 14

David Lacey says...

The fact is that this development is the right one in the right place. It puts student accommodation next tot the campus, provides high quality housing that will attract rich people (and their money) and provides for wildlife friendly areas.
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It has been vetted several times by the planners and finally got the thumbs up. People who oppose it will oppose every new development yet at the same time scream that we need more homes, more wealth and more help for wildlife.
The fact is that this development is the right one in the right place. It puts student accommodation next tot the campus, provides high quality housing that will attract rich people (and their money) and provides for wildlife friendly areas. . It has been vetted several times by the planners and finally got the thumbs up. People who oppose it will oppose every new development yet at the same time scream that we need more homes, more wealth and more help for wildlife. David Lacey
  • Score: -2

10:42am Tue 7 Jan 14

Jozi12 says...

It is all too easy to label everyone as anti-development, it serves a purpose to discredit.

Logical, sensitive and considered development is necessary for Durham City to survive. This development is thought of by many as illogical, certainly not sensitive to wildlife and will damage the living environment.

This proposal needs a major re-think before it is too late.
It is all too easy to label everyone as anti-development, it serves a purpose to discredit. Logical, sensitive and considered development is necessary for Durham City to survive. This development is thought of by many as illogical, certainly not sensitive to wildlife and will damage the living environment. This proposal needs a major re-think before it is too late. Jozi12
  • Score: 6

4:49pm Tue 7 Jan 14

scprof says...

David Lacey wrote:
The fact is that this development is the right one in the right place. It puts student accommodation next tot the campus, provides high quality housing that will attract rich people (and their money) and provides for wildlife friendly areas.
.
It has been vetted several times by the planners and finally got the thumbs up. People who oppose it will oppose every new development yet at the same time scream that we need more homes, more wealth and more help for wildlife.
I am not Anti-development, but this development is not in the right place. There are other large sites available to build houses on in the Durham City area. An example is the Police HQ site that is being offered for housing. Why couldn't Banks go and use this site instead. It is large enough, and in a good enough area for high quality housing. The only thing it wouldn't be very good for is student accommodation. However the University owns plenty of land around the city for other student accommodation to be built on. Banks bought the old Baths site and surrounding car parks from the University. That would be an ideal location to build houses on.

Even is Banks were building houses on the other side of the A167 at Merry Oaks on the farmers fields, there would have been less opposition.

The bottom line is, the City has lost a great relatively cheap facility that caters for various people. It was not just a Golf Course, it had after school clubs for children, hosted many a wake following a service at the Crem over the road, was used for business meetings and training seminars, was popular for it's Sunday lunches, would host things like Wedding Shows, the list goes on.

And what have the Council and Banks done about replacing it? Absolutely nothing!!
[quote][p][bold]David Lacey[/bold] wrote: The fact is that this development is the right one in the right place. It puts student accommodation next tot the campus, provides high quality housing that will attract rich people (and their money) and provides for wildlife friendly areas. . It has been vetted several times by the planners and finally got the thumbs up. People who oppose it will oppose every new development yet at the same time scream that we need more homes, more wealth and more help for wildlife.[/p][/quote]I am not Anti-development, but this development is not in the right place. There are other large sites available to build houses on in the Durham City area. An example is the Police HQ site that is being offered for housing. Why couldn't Banks go and use this site instead. It is large enough, and in a good enough area for high quality housing. The only thing it wouldn't be very good for is student accommodation. However the University owns plenty of land around the city for other student accommodation to be built on. Banks bought the old Baths site and surrounding car parks from the University. That would be an ideal location to build houses on. Even is Banks were building houses on the other side of the A167 at Merry Oaks on the farmers fields, there would have been less opposition. The bottom line is, the City has lost a great relatively cheap facility that caters for various people. It was not just a Golf Course, it had after school clubs for children, hosted many a wake following a service at the Crem over the road, was used for business meetings and training seminars, was popular for it's Sunday lunches, would host things like Wedding Shows, the list goes on. And what have the Council and Banks done about replacing it? Absolutely nothing!! scprof
  • Score: 4

11:11am Thu 9 Jan 14

stevatko says...

Whoever voted in favour of this project should be named and shamed. They should never be allowed to speak on behalf of Durham City people again.
Whoever voted in favour of this project should be named and shamed. They should never be allowed to speak on behalf of Durham City people again. stevatko
  • Score: 4

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