Revamp is a chance to improve the city

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PLANS for a city centre redevelopment will go up before Durham County Council next week.

Residential, retail, leisure and restaurants are some of the potential uses to be considered for the redevelopment at Millburngate House.

Councillor Neil Foster, Cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, said: “Millburngate House occupies a prime central location which, with careful planning, could add real value to the city’s offer.

“While this brief does not preclude the potential for sensitive renovation and future business use, it is clear that the site could benefit the area via a mix of residential, retail, leisure and restaurant development.”

The 1960s riverside building is currently partially occupied by the Identity and Passport Service and the Department of National Savings and Investments.

The site, owned by NS&I, could be marketed as early as this summer following their decision to relocate their business across the river to Freeman’s Reach, which is also being regenerated in a joint venture with the council, NS&I and the Homes and Communities Agency.

The renovation would aim to ensure a better reflection of the values of the nearby World Heritage Site and surrounding conservation area.

Coun Foster added: “We have a real chance to improve the city here and we must play our part.”