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Major Durham City development moving forward as house builders confirmed

Plans for a new high-quality residential development to the east of

Durham City are set to move forward after the completion of a major deal

between two leading housebuilders and the County Durham-headquartered

developer behind the scheme.

Banks Property secured outline planning permission from Durham County

Council for the Bent House Lane development last year and has since been working towards identifying the most appropriate housebuilders to take the project on.

The family-owned firm has now agreed deals with both Miller Homes and

Barratt Homes, which will each develop around half of the 19.5-hectare


The Bent House Lane site, which was allocated for residential

development in the County Durham Plan, will now see up to 500 family

homes being built on land to the south of the A181 Sherburn Road between

Gilesgate and the A1.

Alongside the new homes, the Bent House Lane scheme will also include

the creation of around 3.5 hectares of public open space and a new

network of footpaths and cycleways to link with nearby facilities,

including the retail facilities at Dragonville and Damson Way and the

National Cycle Route 14 to Durham City.

Other improvements will include new planting and ecological enhancements

to the south of the site and new bus stops provided on the A181 to

complement the existing bus services, which already go past the site,

while a significant seven-figure contribution to the local education

system will also form part of the overall scheme.

Part of the Bent House Lane site was owned by the Church Commissioners

for England, who worked collaboratively with Banks Property on its


The two housebuilders will be bringing forward reserved matters

applications for their respective parts of the site in the near future,

with a view to construction commencing as soon as possible.

Over 60 jobs will be supported on site during the construction phase of

the development, with significant contract opportunities being made

available to local suppliers across a range of different areas.

Mark Dickenson, development director at Banks Property, says: “Homes,

and especially family homes, are very much needed in Durham City, and we

were very pleased with the level of support from local people, local

councillors, community groups and organisations when we brought this

project forward.

“Developing the Bent House Lane site has been a long-term target for us,

and as a longstanding County Durham business, it’s been especially

important for us to ensure we find the best partners to realise its


“We’re very pleased to have reached agreements with two such

highly-respected housebuilders who will now move on to deliver our plans

to create a thriving and well-connected new community that will have a

positive economic impact on both our home city and the wider county.

“We have worked closely with both Miller Homes and Barratt Homes for

many years, and it’s been a pleasure to be able to finalise the latest

stage of our continuing relationship.”

John Jameson, area land director at Miller Homes, adds: “Miller Homes

has developed several sites in the Durham City area over the years and

is delighted to have worked in partnership with the Banks Group and

Barratt Homes in securing another important housing site in the area.

This latest development will provide much needed housing and investment

in the local area which includes affordable housing.”

Neil Milburn, land and development director at Barratt Homes North East,

says: “This exchange is fantastic news for both Barratt Homes and Durham

house hunters because we’re one step closer to building a new and

thriving community in a highly sought-after area close to Durham City


“We’re excited to develop Bent House Lane and to be investing £1.27

million into the local area which means, alongside Miller Homes, we will

be enhancing much needed education and healthcare facilities as well as

making other improvements to footpaths, open spaces and recreational



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