Plans to sell off Durham's County Hall move a step closer

Plans to sell off Durham County Council's HQ and create thousands of private sector jobs could move a step closer if council chiefs agree to the next stage of the proposal.

Wednesday, 6th July 2016, 8:13 am
Updated Wednesday, 6th July 2016, 9:17 am
Plans to sell off County Hall in Durham could move a step closer next week.

The council’s cabinet members agreed in principle last July to free up the Aykley Heads site for business investors and job creation – something that would involve the council moving from its current base at County Hall to a smaller HQ.

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On July 13, cabinet will be brought up to date on the work undertaken to develop the outline business case for vacating the Aykley Heads site and members will be asked to agree to the start of a full business case which would then be considered again at a later meeting ahead.

Coun Neil Foster, cabinet member for economic regeneration and culture, said: “The move represents a once in a generation opportunity to create thousands of jobs for County Durham and put hundreds of millions of pounds into the local economy.

“This decision is much more than the council simply moving into a new building and reducing its ongoing costs.”