£17m Durham County Hospital plans 'ugly and overbearing'

The Advertiser Series: The former County Hospital, Durham The former County Hospital, Durham

A COMMUNITY group is fighting plans to turn a former mental hospital into digs for 440 students.

Crossgate Community Partnership (CCP) has filed an 11-page objection to £17m proposals for the former County Hospital, off North Road, Durham City.

CCP lists ten reasons Durham County Council should refuse planning permission, including that the area is “already overloaded by private landlords profiting from the student market” and Durham University has offered no support for the scheme.

The group also says the proposed development would be “ugly and overbearing”.

The plans include converting the 1850s-built hospital into 47 studios, demolishing a 1930s extension and building two new blocks – one with 26 studios and one with 367 bedrooms over seven storeys.

CCP says: “The seven-floor student block is more than twice the height of other building in the area and of no architectural merit.

“The proposed new build would screen the Victorian building from every view point except the top of the railway viaduct.”

However, Savills, the planning agent for the scheme, say it would tackle a shortfall in student accommodation, remove unsympathetic additions to the original Victorian building and replace them with a well-designed and co-ordinated extension.

More information on the application can be found online at durham.gov.uk, using the planning reference CE/13/01696/FPA.

The final decision on whether to grant planning permission will be taken by a council committee in coming months.

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1:22pm Fri 7 Feb 14

George19 says...

The group also says the proposed development would be “ugly and overbearing, surely no more ugly than the unkempt privately owned student lets we already have in Durham.
The group also says the proposed development would be “ugly and overbearing, surely no more ugly than the unkempt privately owned student lets we already have in Durham. George19

1:37pm Fri 7 Feb 14

The Grandmaster says...

mmm good point George; I wonder how many of those protesting are private landlords themselves??
mmm good point George; I wonder how many of those protesting are private landlords themselves?? The Grandmaster

12:21am Sun 9 Feb 14

soulsearcher says...

we have enough student digs in the city. I don't want any more students here far too many now
we have enough student digs in the city. I don't want any more students here far too many now soulsearcher

2:29pm Mon 10 Feb 14

The Grandmaster says...

we don't need more students spending money in our shops/in our cafes and pubs/paying rent to private landlords/using local transport. What good's that going to do to our local economy?
Let's face it, who needs these people coming into our city?
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we don't need more students spending money in our shops/in our cafes and pubs/paying rent to private landlords/using local transport. What good's that going to do to our local economy? Let's face it, who needs these people coming into our city? http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/List_of_Dur ham_University_peopl e The Grandmaster

11:49pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Nicholas_Till says...

The subsoil may be pure sand - that of the adjacent bank of Flassvale, across the sunken path, certainly is. The slope from Waddington Street up to the existing County Hospital buildings may be infill, and not that firm. The bottom, under Waddington Street and adjacent locations, may be boggy.

I hope the intending tower-builders have checked this out.
The subsoil may be pure sand - that of the adjacent bank of Flassvale, across the sunken path, certainly is. The slope from Waddington Street up to the existing County Hospital buildings may be infill, and not that firm. The bottom, under Waddington Street and adjacent locations, may be boggy. I hope the intending tower-builders have checked this out. Nicholas_Till

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