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17th Jan 2019
Plans have been submitted to transform the former Mount Oswald golf course in Durham into a student accommodation development able to home 850 students.
A new application submitted by The Banks Group in December last year, outlines plans to build 11 new buildings of between two and four storeys on the 3.2 hectare plot.
Located on a plot of land at the northern end of the site, the accommodation will be situated to the west of land owned by Durham University, which has been earmarked as the location for a new college for students moving to the city from Stockton.
John Ruddick from The Banks Group said of the application: "The planning application we have submitted to Durham County Council is designed to establish the principle of developing student accommodation on a 3.2 hectare plot in the northern part of the site, the use for which is currently undesignated, so that we are able to move quickly as and when any specific scheme of this type is brought forward.
"The central location of the site, its proximity to other relevant facilities and the existing local infrastructure all make it highly suitable for this type of project, and we hope the members of the County Council's planning committee will be minded to agree with us on this."
Durham University is expecting to grow by around 4,000 students by 2026-27, with aspirations to house 50-55% of students in College affiliated accommodation by 2027. The university also has plans to bring around 1,700 students from its Stockton campus to the city.
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