New flats on the block for estate?

Unit 3 Lighthouse View, Spectrum Business Park, Dawdon, Seaham
Unit 3 Lighthouse View, Spectrum Business Park, Dawdon, Seaham
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FROM desk space to des res – a developer wants to transform this business park office block into flats.

A proposal has been submitted to Durham County Council to change the use of the building in Lighthouse View on Spectrum Business Park in Dawdon, from offices into residential properties.

The building, on the site of the former Dawdon Colliery, has been empty for several years and has been on the market as an office building with an asking price of £2.5million.

But Frain and Harley, who have applied for the change of use, say its conversion into flats will help address the national shortage of housing.

Through agent England and Lyle, it hopes to turn the first, second and third floors into a total of 60 homes, with 16 two-bedroom and four one-bedroom flats on each floor.

The ground floor has an entrance and car parking, with a total of 236 spaces on the plot.

A spokesman for England and Lyle said: “Changes in planning law were introduced last year to allow the conversion of offices to dwellings.

“Our client is seeking to utilise these changes to provide much -needed new homes and contribute towards easing the national shortage of housing.

“In addition, the building is an underused resource for which there is very limited demand for office space. The development will ensure the efficient re-use of an existing building, reducing pressures to develop vacant sites elsewhere.
 “Importantly, this development will help provide significant economic benefits by helping to create new jobs and support the ongoing regeneration of Seaham and the wider East Durham area.”

Unit Three in Lighthouse View has views of the sea to one side and a water treatment works and railway line to the other.