Golf club plans on course for approval

Mount Oswald golf course in Durham
Mount Oswald golf course in Durham
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A PROPERTY developer hoping to build a housing estate on a golf course has released details of a “community benefits” package to support the development.

Banks Group wants to build houses on Mount Oswald golf club, in Durham City, despite opposition from residents and City of Durham MP Roberta Blackman-Woods.

However, the protesters look set to be disappointed because council planning officers have recommended the councillors approve the plan when it goes before Durham County Council’s planning committee today.

Councillors will vote on the proposal, but they rarely go against the officers’ recommendation.

If Banks wins approval, the company says £4.2million will be spent on community improvements.

About £1.8million will be spent on improving the nearby Howlands Farm park-and-ride facility, including extending the service to the Sniperely park-and-ride site.

Banks will also pay for extra buses and car parking spaces.

The company says it will provide £2million for 58 affordable homes to be built off-site, but in the Durham City area.

Money will also be made available for a new community building and new classrooms at St Oswald’s and St Margaret’s primary schools.

The Mount Oswald plan includes a convenience store, university accommodation, offices, and a new use for Mount Oswald House, possibly as a hotel.

Banks environment and community director Mark Dowdall said: “Our vision for Mount Oswald is to create an outstanding high quality, low density sustainable new neighbourhood of families and students supported by a green infrastructure.

“The comprehensive range of improvements for the community will provide a positive legacy for many decades to come.

“As a long-established family business based in Durham, we hope we will be given the opportunity to take this project forward.”

The plan will be considered by councillors in County Hall, Durham City, at 2pm.

The meeting is open to the public.

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