Councillors are being asked to approve a controversial development of 300 new homes and student accommodation on a golf course south of Durham.
More than 2000 residents signed a petition opposing the plans, which is backed by the Durham MP, Roberta Blackman-Woods. The meeting has begun and is full.
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Sandiford, a former legal secretary originally from Redcar, was convicted of drug smuggling offences and sentenced to death in 2013.
Durham Crown Court heard that one of the male victims suffered a triple-fractured jaw, while left lying in the gutter, unconscious.