Developers defend golf course housing plan

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DEVELOPERS who plan to transform a golf course into a luxury housing estate have said their project will improve the area.

Campaigners against the scheme for the 93-acre Mount Oswald greens, off South Road in Durham, allege it would cause traffic problems, lead to the loss of green land and would be a disaster unless community facilities increase.

But Banks, the firm behind the £200million plan to build up to 16 houses, each to cost about £1million, 250 family homes and accommodation for up to 1,000 students – says it will enhance the city’s landscape and improve the area.

The firm said wildlife has been taken into account and it would encourage greater diversity.

Consultation on the plans are under way ahead of the submission of a planning application.