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Three Tuns Development Receives Approval

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Plans to transform the Three Tuns in New Elvet, Durham, into student accommodation have been granted planning permission.

Durham County Council's Central and East planning committee voted to approve the latest proposals that will result in 174 student bed spaces being built.

Since the hotel's closure in 2013, the space was used by Durham University for postgraduate student housing before being sold off for redevelopment.

The plans call for the demolition of the existing rear extension, leading to two new blocks being constructed.

Developers have assured councillors that listed buildings would not be affected by the works.

Commenting on the development, David Coundon, director of Space Architects, said: "As a local lad, having such an important site and key building brought back into use right in the heart of the Durham City Centre Conservation Area is vital for the city, we can't have empty buildings sitting that close."

During the application process concerns were raised over the impact that the blocks could have on the area, including the potential disruption of nearby church services.

Along with the student beds the site will also come equipped with seven car parking spots and 36 cycle spaces.