MORE than 200 jobs could be created by the expansion of an industrial estate.
The owners of the Drum industrial estate, Chester-le-Street, have won planning permission for phase two of the development on the former opencast mine and quarry site, off Drum Road.
Around 17,000sqm of warehousing and 1,000sqm of office space can now be built.
The plan includes 185 car parking spaces, 29 spaces for lorries, an access road, and landscaping.
As part of the deal, the developer will pay £50,000 towards new footpaths and an improved bus service.
The jobs are likely to be in IT, logistics, packing, freight and customer services.
Owners Gladman Developments Ltd say the plan is speculative and they do not have any tenants lined up for the development.
Durham County Council’s planning committee was told the main building will be 15metres high, mostly beige in colour with an olive green roof to blend in with the landscape.
The office building will be 11 metres high and grey.
No objections were made to the application, which senior planning officer Grant Folley said represented “significant and welcome inward investment”.
Coun Neil Foster, Durham County Council cabinet member for regeneration, said: “This is a major boost to the area in difficult times.
“It represents the clear and positive intention of Gladman Developments to grow its successful operation at the Drum industrial estate.
“I look forward to seeing this move forward and to it making a significant contribution to this expanding industrial estate at the heart of County Durham.”
Gladman has three years to begin work or the permission will lapse.