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Student digs plan for Durham social club
A DEVELOPER is hoping to turn a dilapidated former workingmen’s club into student accommodation.
Angel Homes has applied for planning permission to convert Neville’s Cross social club into 21 apartments for students.
Two of the apartments would have one bedroom, 18 would have two bedrooms and one would have four.
The scheme would also involve demolishing part of the building, on Durham City’s Neville’s Cross Bank.
In a supporting statement, project agents Hodgson Architectural Services say it would have “zero impact on (the) archaeological, architectural, artistic or historic interest of the asset or its wider setting”.
However, fears are growing over how many city centre properties are being turned into student digs.
A spokesman for the City of Durham Trust conservation group said it was concerned about the “large number of private halls of residence” being created and said neither Durham County Council nor Durham University had policies to deal with them.
Over recent months, proposals have emerged to create 220 student flats on the former Fred Henderson garage site in Ainsley Street and 112 on the former Prescription Pricing Authority on Green Lane, along with 350 student beds on Renny’s Lane, up to 485 at the former County Hospital and 400 at Sheraton House and Neville House, in Neville’s Cross.
Angel Homes, run by Andrew Ward, has been operating in Durham since 2003 and is also behind some new student accommodation above Yates Wine Bar, on North Road.
The Neville’s Cross proposal includes a “drinking establishment”, about which little is known, some external works and creating six extra parking spaces.
Public consultation has begun and runs until Tuesday, October 15. For more information, visit the planning portal at durham.gov.uk, using the planning reference CE/13/00897/FPA
Established in 1933, at its height the club had several hundred members. More recently, it hosted a long-running exhibition of mining memorabilia.
The issue will be discussed at a meeting of Crossgate Community Partnership to be held at North Road Methodist Church on Monday, October 7, at 7.45pm.
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