Backing to demolish hotel

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PLANS are expected to be given the go ahead to demolish a former hotel to make way for two homes.

The plans have been backed by Durham councillors to demolish Bracken Cottage, a former hotel and Asian restaurant off the A177 near Shincliffe, on the outskirts of Durham City, that has been unused for some time.

Its owners want to demolish the building and another home to pave way for two houses on the site, which is in a greenbelt and conservation area.

Member’s of Durham County Council central and east planning committee approved the scheme during a meeting at Durham County Hall.

Coun Jan Blakey said: “It’s sad. It’s just standing there at the moment. I would hate to see it go into a state of disrepair.

“The planning application that’s been put forward would suit the site really well.”

Coun David Freeman said: “A very similar project was rejected by Durham County Council in 2006.

“I’m not really convinced anything has really changed.

“It may not be viable as a hotel, but I’m not sure that’s a good enough reason to build something else that doesn’t comply with policy on the greenbelt.”