Aykley Heads

Durham County Council has submitted a planning application for major developments on Aykley Heads comprising:

  • a detailed application for an office block with associated parking and landscaping on land known as Plot C,
  • and an outline planning application for the demolition of the existing County Hall site and the development of a business park.

The City of Durham Trust has prepared a long and detailed response objecting to this complex planning application because it is of such significance for the future of the city.

The Trust’s key concerns are:

  • the prematurity of such an application in the current uncertain economic situation caused by Covid 19;
  • the damage to the Green Belt and the setting of the World Heritage Site that the proposal, in its current form, will cause;
  • the failure to address properly the issue of sustainability and the climate emergency;
  • the failure to deal properly with transport and accessibility issues.

The proposal can be seen on the County Council’s planning portal. The deadline for responses is 28th August.

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