Historic Durham building set to become micropub and flats after plans approved
A historic building in Durham City is set for a new lease of life as a micropub and student flats.
Pans were lodged for a former shop space on 34-35 Saddler Street in June.
This included converting the building into a ‘ground floor drinking establishment’ and seven flats.
Formerly known as the ‘Estate House’, the grade II-listed building dates back to the 17th century and has seen several alterations over the decades.
According to a heritage statement linked to the planning bid, historic uses have included a confectioner, gunmaker and pub.
Last week (August 16), Durham County Council’s planning authority gave the go-ahead to a bid to transform the building.
As part of new plans, a raft of repairs and improvements will take place with the aim of enhancing the centuries-old building.
New works include a revamped shop front, window replacements and roof works.
Student facilities would also be provided across four floors with a new entrance and kitchen/dining area to the rear.
The works aim to complete repair projects carried out under previous planning permissions.
To reduce the impact on ecology, a hibernaculum will also be provided in the basement for bat species.
During consultation, the restoration plans won support from several local groups including the City of Durham Trust.
Chairman of the group, John Lowe, in an email to the council, praised the developers for their “care and attention to detail”.
City of Durham Parish Council’s planning committee also welcomed the proposals for the site in the Durham City Conservation Area.
A letter to the council reads: “It has long been in need of a viable use before deterioration become (s) irreversible.
“The parish council therefore welcomes this comprehensive, well-researched and sensitive proposal to carry out works that will safeguard the property.
“It shows significant commitment to carrying out the conversion, restoration and adaptation works in the necessary appropriate manner, at what will be major additional costs.”
According to planning documents, the plans are set to create up to four jobs – including three part-time roles.
Under planning conditions, work on the building must start within three years.