Grand plans for Durham golf course

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DESIGNS which could see a golf course transformed into a £200million housing project with student flats and family homes have been submitted to planners.

Banks Property wants to use the 93-acre Mount Oswald golf course in South Road, Durham, for the development, which would create 220 jobs, 16.3 acres of public open space and free up city centre homes for families.

The proposals detail how it would offer 16 exclusive self-design houses, set up accommodation for 1,000 students and would also feature 250 family homes and 56 executive properties.

Banks says the project would help the region’s economy recover from the recession and Durham as the driving force of economic growth.

The latest scheme follows on from five years of efforts by Banks to develop the land, which is owned by North of England Estates.