Durham University and several business organisations back plans to build 300 houses and student accommodation in Durham.
The North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC), the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) all support the plan, which the developer says will create 164 jobs, plus 120 during construction.
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