Controversial green belt development
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MAKING PLANS: John Ruddick, senior development planner at The Banks Group, and Mike Roberts, managing director at David Wilson Homes North East.
MAKING PLANS: John Ruddick, senior development planner at The Banks Group, and Mike Roberts, managing director at David Wilson Homes North East.
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PLANS for the first homes to be built as part of a controversial development have been unveiled.

The proposals for the initial phase of the £200million project at the Mount Oswald site on the outskirts of Durham have been submitted to planners after the Banks Group, which is based in the city, reached an agreement with David Wilson Homes.

The builder hopes to construct 61 detached, four and five bedroomed homes on the 12 acre site on the south side of the land.

The plans for the plot sparked upset because it will mean a loss of a green site, with those opposed to the idea fearing it will put added pressure on the area’s services and increase traffic.

A public exhibition of David Wilson Homes’ plans will be held in the near future, with work expected to begin on site early in the New Year, subject to the details of the scheme being finalised with Durham County Council.

The firm says this could mean the first occupants could be in their homes before the end of 2014.

Banks’ plans also include an education quarter, more open space and new community facilities, as well as executive housing.

It says it will support more than 380 jobs and more than £4.2million allocated by Banks to pay for substantial improvements for the community.

Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at the Banks Group, said: “Reaching this first landmark is a very important point in realisation of this vision, and we believe the quality of the development plans that are being put forward more than matches the prestige of this important site.

“Work is ongoing around the development of the remainder of the Mount Oswald site, and we will make further announcements as and when further milestones are reached with a project which will both support hundreds of local jobs, and have an enduring positive impact on the city’s retail and housing sectors.”