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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.

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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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