New Durham housing development Banks on getting the go-ahead

Kerry Moor, land manager at David Wilson Homes  and John Ruddick, senior property development manager at The Banks Group.
Kerry Moor, land manager at David Wilson Homes and John Ruddick, senior property development manager at The Banks Group.
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The latest stage of a major housing development in Durham is set to go ahead.

Work at the Mount Oswald site in Durham City is to move forward after The Banks Group and housebuilder David Wilson Homes reached an agreement on phase two.

Mount Oswald is one of the finest new homes developments in the North East, and we expect the strong demand that we have seen for properties in our first phase to be replicated in this second tranche.

Neil Milburn

David Wilson Homes is planning to build 105 three and four-bedroom properties on a 3.5-hectare piece of land on the western side of the site, to broaden the range of properties available.

If the phase two plans progress on schedule, David Wilson Homes expects to be on site in the spring.

Banks has submitted an application to Durham County Council to amend its original layout, in light of its experiences on working on the site over the last two years, which will include substantial new green spaces being opened up to the public in the centre of the site.

The update will see the number of large self-build plots in the central area reduced from 16 to just five, with new links between the northern and southern areas of the site.

The overall number of homes will remain the same as previously approved, but reducing the number of one-acre plots has allowed the central area to be opened up, to create a public park and better connectivity between the northern and southern housing areas, while still allowing homes to be built along the western edge.

Neil Milburn, land director at David Wilson Homes, says: “Mount Oswald is one of the finest new homes developments in the North East, and we expect the strong demand that we have seen for properties in our first phase to be replicated in this second tranche.

“Our partnership with The Banks Group has worked well, and the infrastructure that they have put in place will enable us to move quickly once we’re on site, which we hope will be in the first few months of 2016.”

John Ruddick, senior property development manager The Banks Group, added: “Our vision for Mount Oswald as an outstanding, high quality, low density, sustainable new neighbourhood of families and students with a green setting and infrastructure is being realised.”