WORK is set to start on an access road into a new housing estate on a former golf course.
The 450 metre road, which is expected to be completed before Christmas, will provide the main route into the Mount Oswald site in Durham City.
Durham-based family-owned developer the Banks Group won planning approval last year for the scheme, which includes executive housing, a university quarter, new formal and informal public open spaces and a range of community facilities.
The road will provide the main route into the site from South Road, and will offer access to the parts of it that have been allocated for university uses and the community hub, as well as to the area in its North West corner in which the second phase of housing will be built.
The new road junction will be opposite the Howlands Park & Ride, where around £1.8 million will be spent on improving the service by extending the route to the Sniperley Park and Ride, introducing additional buses and making extra parking spaces available nearby.
Banks will begin work on the road within days.
Traffic lights will also be added to the junction of the new road and South Road, with a range of other highway improvements.
David Wilson Homes has started work on 60 luxury homes on the site and Banks recently reached an agreement with Durham University to buy another part of the development.
John Ruddick, senior property development manager at The Banks Group, says: “Building this road will open up a number of different parts of the Mount Oswald site, and will act as a catalyst for taking the development of each of them forward.
“Our aim is to start work as soon as we can, and the contract tender process we’re current finalising will see North East-based suppliers being appointed to do the work required, thus adding even more to the contribution that this project will make to the regional economy.”
The Mount Oswald scheme will see around 120 people employed on site during the construction phase of the scheme, with a further 100 jobs across the supply chain.