PROPOSAL FOR AN EXTENSION TO ST AIDAN’S COLLEGE, DURHAM UNIVERSITY, WINDMILL HILL, DURHAM, DH1 3LJ TO ACCOMMODATE THE UNIVERSITY’S RE-LOCATED CENTRAL PRODUCTION KITCHEN

Introduction

Welcome to the online consultation page which provides further information about the proposed development at St Aidan’s College.

The proposed development comprises the construction of an extension to the existing kitchen at St Aidan’s College, to house Durham University’s Central Production Kitchen (‘CPK’) following demolition of the existing outbuildings and bin store.

A full planning application for the proposed development is due to be submitted to Durham County Council shortly, and on behalf of our client, Durham University, we are providing you with the opportunity to view and comment in advance of the submission.

Durham University welcomes and values feedback and the aim of this consultation is to provide you with information about the proposals, and to offer you the opportunity to submit any comments you may have regarding the proposed development.

The Site

The Site is accessed via Windmill Hill off Mill Hill Lane to the south and is bound by existing trees and vegetation to the north, east and west.

Beyond the existing trees and vegetation, Durham University Business School is located to the west, residential properties within Chevallier Court to the north-west, Durham Chinese School and Oriental Museum to the south-east, and the School of Government and International Affairs to the north-east.

The Site is outlined in red on the Location Plan below:

The Proposal

The Proposed Development relates to a full planning application for the construction of an extension to St Aidan’s College to accommodate Durham University’s Central Production Kitchen (‘CPK’) following demolition of the existing outbuildings and bin store.

The Proposed Development seeks to co-locate the CPK with the existing kitchen at St Aidan’s College. Durham University’s existing CPK is located at Leazes Road, however re-location to St Aidan’s College will aid operational efficiencies as it will be better located to the University buildings with which it operates most frequently.  The proposed site at St Aidan’s College is closer to existing University self-catered colleges at Mount Oswald and Howland, and retail catering outlets such as the new Teaching and Learning Centre and on Lower/Upper Mountjoy.  

The Proposed Development will comprise the following works:

  • Construction of an extension to the existing kitchen facility to house the CPK, alongside a new store following demolition of the existing outbuildings, including the existing bin store and a previous extension to the College.
  • Reconfiguration of the existing car park immediately to the north to provide turning and parking and creation of a new bin store and service access.
  • Demolition of existing college laundry facility (with the option to re-provide the college laundry facility within two of the existing bedrooms).
  • Existing office space currently located next to existing college laundry facility to be re-located into the main building.

The development will improve an area of St Aidan’s College which is currently in a poor state of repair and is untidy.  The existing outbuildings and bin storage area and part of the existing kitchen area were a later addition to the original College building, and the removal of these unsightly outbuildings, and construction of a cohesive and visually attractive extension will enhance this part of the College and will add order to the delivery, bin and cycle storage area.

No intensification of the CPK will occur as a result of the re-location to St Aidan’s College.  All matters relating to traffic generation, noise and odour will be addressed in detail within the forthcoming planning application, however the development is not anticipated to generate nuisance to neighbouring residents or College occupants in any respect.

The design and scale of the development has been carefully considered to ensure it is in keeping with the existing St Aidan’s College which is recognised as a non-designated heritage asset.  Materials will be selected to ensure that they are appropriate to the appearance of the existing St Aidan’s College buildings.  Additionally, the development has been designed to ensure that it will sit below the height of surrounding trees and will be appropriate to its landscape setting, due to proximity of the Site to the adjacent Area of High Landscape Value. 

Providing your Feedback

This project creates an opportunity to deliver a vast improvement in the appearance of this part of St Aidan’s College, through the removal of the existing unsightly outbuildings, and construction of a cohesive and visually attractive extension which will add order to the delivery, bin and cycle storage area, in addition to the overall delivery of Durham University’s CPK in a location which is better related to University buildings and will aid operational efficiencies.

Please submit any comments you may have using the Feedback Form’ below, or by emailing your comments to consultation@dppukltd.com. Alternatively, you can post your comments to:

DPP Planning, Studio 012, Haylofts, St Thomas’ Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4LE.

Please submit your comments on or before 23 June 2021.

The design team will record and review your feedback and will respond to key topics within a Statement of Community Involvement, which will be submitted with the planning application.

Once the planning application has been submitted, full details will be available on the Durham County Council website and there will be a further opportunity to comment.

We look forward to receiving your comments on the proposed development.


LOCATION PLAN

FEASIBILITY SITE PLAN

MASSING STUDY

CONSULTATION LEAFLET

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