New homes plan approved for school site in face of objections

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PLANS to build 14 new executive homes in Durham have been given the green light despite objections from residents.

Durham County Council received six objections to Bellway Homes’ plan to build the four and five-bedroom homes on land next to Durham Johnston School.

But the authority’s area planning committee approved the application after hearing the land, in Neville’s Cross, had been unused since a new campus was built for the school five years ago.

The committee heard residents had raised concerns their views towards Durham Cathedral and Penshaw Monument would be blocked by the new development.

But Coun Nigel Martin said the area was becoming “an eyesore” and urged the committee to approve the proposals.

“Having this area redeveloped is long overdue,” he said.

“I like the fact these houses are restricted to two storeys.”