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Appeal: Substantial student housing approved for former hospital site


Peveril Securities has been granted permission to convert the former County Durham Hospital to accommodate 82 student studios and to build two blocks to contain 281 student flats after an inspector ruled that the scheme would not harm the Durham (City Centre) Conservation Area (CA).

Inspector Yvonne Wright noted that the hospital building is noted as a key landmark of high architectural value in the council’s emerging Durham City Centre Conservation Area Character Appraisal, and was identified as a non-designated heritage asset.Wright found that the prominence of the hospital site as a “green and spacious area” would remain, and gave great weight to the fact that the........
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