Approval for 300 new homes

Councillors have approved a plan to build 300 new homes and student accommodation on a golf course south of Durham.

Durham housing developer says 300 new homes are "very positive news"

The developer of 300 new homes and student accommodation in Durham says it will create jobs, help Durham University and improve public spaces and wildlife. The development was granted planning permission by Durham County Council.

“Our vision is to create an outstanding, high quality, low density, sustainable neighbourhood of families and students with a green infrastructure, well connected to public transport.

“Hundreds of local jobs will be supported directly and indirectly by this £200m development, at a time when such employment opportunities are very badly needed.

“It will support Durham University’s drive towards maintaining its position as one of the world’s pre-eminent institutions, open up a range of public open spaces and footpaths and enhance the habitats available to local wildlife."

– Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at the Banks Group

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Police say man wanted in connection with assault "is still in York"

Ryan McLeod
Ryan McLeod is also wanted for recall to prison after breaching the terms of his release licence Credit: ITV

A man wanted in connection with a violent assault in a pub is believed still to be in York. Detectives want to question Ryan MacLeod, 21.

A man needed stitches to a facial injury after he was attacked by a number of men in the smoking area of the Castle Howard Ox in November.

Detective Inspector Dave Kirby said: “If you are one of the people who is helping MacLeod to avoid the police, when we eventually catch up with him we will take action against you as well."

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Local MP opposes new housing plan

The Durham MP Roberta Blackman-Woods has told a planning meeting she opposes a development of new homes on a golf course in Durham."I'm here because I care passionately about the beautiful city I represent. This is not an appropriate development," she said.

She added she was in favour of creating jobs in Durham, but said the promised new jobs would be temporary, and the development would not attract new students to the city. She said councillors should protect the city's green space.

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