Welcome to the public consultation website for the forthcoming proposals at DurhamGate, Spennymoor.
DPP will shortly be submitting the following planning applications to Durham County Council for the proposals at DurhamGate, and we would like to hear your views. We are providing you with the opportunity to view and comment on the proposals in advance of the submission of the planning applications, which we are submitting on behalf of DurhamGate Limited and Livin Housing Limited. The planning applications are as follows:
- A Reserved Matters planning application setting out the detailed design for 39 bungalows specifically for older persons on the area identified as Plot D of the masterplan. Details of access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale will be provided.
- A Hybrid (which is part-detail and part-outline) planning application, which will consist of a detailed planning application element for the community and retail hub located to the south-east within the DurhamGate site, alongside an outline planning application element for residential development (on land to the east of Arlington Way) and flexible uses (on land to the north west of the Marston’s public house and along either side of the central boulevard for: office, a care home, hotel, and community facilities including a nursery and health centre).
In light of the Government’s advice regarding the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to consult interested parties using a combination of online and offline methods, including a leaflet and letter drop and the creation of this online consultation website.
This public consultation exercise is an opportunity for you to engage with our vision for the site and to provide us with valuable feedback which will help to shape the future of DurhamGate.
As such, we ask for you to provide your views and comments on the proposals by email or post.
DurhamGate is a large regeneration site, previously occupied by the Stanley Black and Decker Factory. Outline planning permission was granted for the DurhamGate development in 2009 under planning reference: 7/2008/0488/DM for up to 376 new homes, offices, retail, hotel and community facilities, including a nursery, health centre and public house. Since the original application was approved, a significant level of development has come forward under this consent, including extensive infrastructure improvements, and DurhamGate is now an attractive and desired local area.
The Reserved Matters planning application for the development of 39 bungalows on Plot D will provide details of access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale pursuant to the 2009 outline planning permission. The scheme will contribute to providing a mix of housing types in the area and will deliver affordable accommodation for the elderly. Plot D is an ideal location for this type of accommodation as it is situated adjacent to the proposed community and retail hub which will provide elderly residents with easy accessibility to day-to-day services and facilities. The appearance of the proposed bungalows will complement the existing and approved residential development at DurhamGate, which means that the new housing will blend well with the surrounding area. The site will be accessed via Birch Park Avenue off Eve Lane.
The Hybrid planning application is a single application for (i) the detail of the development of the community hub in the south-east and (ii) the outline of the remainder of the site shown within the red line. The detailed element for the community hub proposes delivery of the retail floorspace alongside some flexible floorspace which could accommodate café, restaurant, office, vets, nursery, health care, gym, hot foot takeaway or financial and professional services and associated infrastructure and landscaping. This community hub will provide for the day-to-day needs of DurhamGate residents, as well as creating new jobs in the area.
The Outline planning application element will consist of proposals to develop housing on land to the east of Arlington Way as well as flexible uses on land to the north west of the Marston’s public house and along either side of the central boulevard. These flexible uses will comprise a range of office, care home, hotel, and community facilities (including a nursery and health centre).
The hybrid planning application seeks to consolidate the 2009 Durhamgate strategy and vision and refresh the masterplan to ensure delivery in the current economic climate. The redesign responds to the changes in the north east employment and housing markets since approval of the original indicative masterplan over 10 years ago, and the recognition that 440,000sqft of grade A office floorspace is no longer appropriate or deliverable at DurhamGate.
Overall, the proposals will create a high-quality mixed-use development at DurhamGate where people can live, work and play in a sustainable, accessible and attractive environment.
Providing your feedback
We would welcome any feedback you may have on the proposed development. Please send any comments you may have by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, please feel free to post your comments to:
DPP Planning, Milburn House, Dean Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1LF
Please submit your comments on or before Friday 28th August 2020.
Once the planning application has been submitted, full details will be available on Durham County Council’s website.