Plans to build 12 townhouses in Nevilles Cross, Durham

Developer Modo Bloc is hoping to get the green light for plans to build 12 “modern family homes” at Neville’s Cross, with the site located just off the A167 Newcastle Road.

The brownfield site has been abandoned for about 15 years and is said to be infested with “Japanese knotweed.”

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Northern Echo: Proposed homes at Neville Cross, just off the A167.The proposed homes are in Neville Cross, just off the A167. (Photo: MHW PR)

The new homes will have “lush green landscaping” according to the developers.

The announcement comes two years after initial plans for the site were submitted, which sparked mixed reactions from local residents at the time.

In 2021, Duncan Hill, from Durham, said: “I object to this application, following similar arguments made by others that this would effectively become a rat race.”

“The developer says that only a small portion of the traffic heads towards Nevils Crossbank, which may be true but it is still more than the road can handle given the nature of the parking on this road.”

“I live across Nevils Cross from the site less than a five-minute walk, and I support the site finally being used for housing (for anyone) after 15 years of neglect,” said Elm Street resident Charles Ogard.

“I have chosen neutrality because I believe the proposed link road is not necessary and is a potential race, if we can avoid building it, we should.”

Northern Echo: The location where houses can be built.The location where houses can be built. (Photo: MHW PR)

The aforementioned mixed reaction has prompted developers to listen to concerns as local residents have now been assured that their feedback has been taken into account.

George Jenkins, managing director of Modo Bloc, said: “This is a prime location on the main thoroughfare of Durham which is in desperate need of regeneration.

“It is an eyesore and needs careful attention to breathe some life back into it.

“There is a clear shortage of family homes in and around Durham, and our proposal would go some way to alleviating the housing shortage in the local area.


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“We hope to create a small community in this part of Neville Cross.

“We realize there is some local concern about any new development, but we have listened to local concerns and taken them into account when designing the site.

“The development will also have a significant focus on sustainability and will have a low environmental impact.”

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