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New Durham University Colleges Dubbed Disappointing

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A councillor has accused Durham University of coming up with a disappointing design for its new college buildings.

The university is building two colleges in the city as part of its expansion plans to increase student numbers to 21,500 by 2027.

The development situated at Mount Oswald, off South Road, will create a new home for John Snow College, which was relocated from the university's Stockton campus in 2017. It will also be home to a new 17th college as well as 1,000 students and will have music, drama and faith facilities.

Councillor Liz Brown expressed her disappointment in the scheme, suggesting the university could have done a better job compared to the plethora of PBSA being built.

She added: "I'm throwing down the gauntlet. This is the first of many applications that will be coming from the university as it seeks to provide teaching and colleges for the influx of students. Developments should respond to local character and history and appropriate innovations should be made.

"As a world heritage site, Durham city and its residents deserve better."

The colleges form part of a strategy to house 50% of students in university accommodation.