Concerns over rugby club plan

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A FORMER rugby club base could be turned into housing.

Derelict York House, in Cornelia Terrace, Seaham, has stood empty for several years, but could be converted into five residential properties with garages at the back.

A full planning application has been submitted to Durham County Council, and been delegated to an officer.

In addition to seeking permission to carry out the conversion, Tagen, the agent for the developer, said a fence would go in at the front to give each home a generous garden.

Several neighbours in the street, which looks on to Tempest Road, say they are pleased the eyesore building will be improved.

However, several have raised concerns about car parking at the rear of the building.

Christine Oxley said in one of four letters sent by residents: “There is no room in the back street of Cornelia Terrace for any added parking facilities.

“Every resident currently living in Cornelia Terrace will, I am sure, be objecting to these plans.”

Kathleen Hamilton, who lives in the adjoining property, welcomed plans for the building, but highlighted concerns about the disruption which could be caused by the work in addition to parking worries.