Multi-occupancy house approved for central Durham

A plan for a multi-occupancy house in Durham city center has been approved after a parish council dropped its objections to the project.

A four-bedroom house has been offered for property at Saddlers Yard in Durham.

The multi-occupancy home would be created in the loft space, with common areas and a new skylight link, above the former Beauty Spot salon on Saddler Street.

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Durham City Parish Council had opposed the plan.

But Councilor Richard Ormerod, representing the parish council, told a meeting of Durham County Council’s planning committee: ‘Further changes have been made to the scheme.

“The Parish Council is pleased that many amendments to this scheme satisfy our initial grounds for objection.

“The site is located in the commercial heart of the city. As such, the introduction of residential accommodation on the upper floors is not considered to have an unacceptable impact.”

Cllr Richard Ormerod. Photo: Echo of the North.

He said it had been confirmed that the project was not part of a listed building and that bicycle parking, bin storage and ventilation were now provided.

He expressed concern about possible disruptions and closures during construction, but this will be dealt with under planning conditions.

Senior Planning Officer Paul Hopper said: ‘We are confident the condition will be sufficient to ensure there will be no undue disruption during the construction phase.

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Cllr Jonathan Elmer: “It’s a small alley where all building materials will have to go down.”

Road officials raised no objections, saying construction could not proceed until a management plan was approved.

The City of Durham Trust also objected, citing lack of information, negative impact on the ground floor retail unit, lack of public benefit or the need for more student accommodation and access issues.

Senior planning policy officer John Russell said the plan was deemed acceptable and would slightly improve the conservation area by returning part of the building to positive use.

The committee approved the plan unanimously.

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