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Homes row over Durham golf course project
ANGRY residents have spoken out against the first phase of a £200m housing scheme for a city golf course.
Banks Property won won outline planning permission for the 95-acre Mount Oswald course, off South Road, Durham City, in February, despite massive public opposition.
Today (Thursday, October 17), David Wilson Homes North East staged a public exhibition of its plans for the first phase of the project – to build 61 detached, four and five-bedroom homes, worth £450,000 to £750,000 each, on the southern end of the site, towards the Cock of the North roundabout.
The homes would be arranged in a loop, with the main entrance off South Road, three other pedestrian entrances and a central open area.
But residents remain unhappy, saying the development would worsen traffic congestion and cost green space.
At today’s event, held at Mount Oswald Manor, Peter Oakley, of Neville’s Cross Bank, said: “I’ve lived here all my life – 73 years – and I’ve been against it from day one.
“It should stay like this. There are other places houses can be built.
“It’s a lovely golf course. It’s such a shame.”
Liz Brown, of George Street, said: “There would be an awful lot more cars on the roads and an awful lot of the green land promised is private gardens.”
But Nigel Longstaff, group urban design director at David Wilson Homes, said the development would be low density and there had been no changes to the green space proposals approved by Durham County Council.
John Ruddick, from Banks, said a planning application could be filed next month and play would stop at the golf course at the end of this year.
Developers hope to start work on site early next year and see the first occupants move in before the end of 2014.
He also said the other phases, for an exclusive millionaires’ row, an estate of family homes, accommodation for 1,000 students and community facilities, were progressing.
For more information on the phase one proposals, call David Wilson Homes on 0191-2986100.
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