Plans are submitted for 4,000-job business park in County Durham

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Plans are submitted for 4,000-job business park in County Durham in focus 第1张An artists impression of how the new site at at Aykley Heads could look if Durham County Councils planning application for a new business park with the potential to create thousands of jobs worth up to £400m to the regions economy is successful. (Image: Durham County Council)Sign up to FREE email alerts from BusinessLive - North EastSubscribeWhen you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. OurPrivacy Noticeexplains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy noticeInvalid Email

Plans have been submitted for a business park which is hoped will help create 4,000 jobs in the North East.

The proposals for the Aykley Heads site in Durham would see the current Durham County Council headquarters knocked down and redeveloped in two phases.

The area - which is already home to Atom Bank, IT company Waterstons and other companies - is one of five strategic employment sites in County Durham. It is estimated that the project would also create 1,800 construction jobs.

Council leader Simon Henig said: “We are really excited to be in a position to submit these plans given the prospect of the park’s potential to create 4,000 jobs in its first two phases and to provide a major boost to the economy of County Durham.

“The vision for the site is to create a new and unique business location for the North East that maximises economic growth in County Durham and delivers jobs in new and growing sectors with the aim of providing a high-quality employment location that contributes to the delivery of new and better jobs.

“We want Aykley Heads and this truly transformational project to help establish Durham as a jobs hub within the North East.”

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The plans for Aykley Heads envisage almost 40,000 sqm of floorspace, divided into an initial two phases and six plots. Each plot proposes office buildings and car parking spaces, while the site is close to the East Coast Main Line and other public transport, as well as cycling routes.

The plans have been backed by the North East England Chamber of Commerce, whose main offices are at Aykley Heads.

Chief executive James Ramsbotham said: “This exciting development at Aykley Heads provides a unique opportunity to establish a dynamic business park in the centre of the North East with superb access to the national road and rail network.

“Possessing a Unesco World Heritage Site and an internationally renowned university, Durham offers so much to so many businesses. This site, chosen by the chamber for its headquarters 25 years ago, is exceptional and this planning application is such an important first step in delivering on the transformational vision for this location.”

Jo Robison, director at DPP, the Newcastle-based planning consultancy appointed to the project, said: “This application supports Durham County Council’s transformative vision for Aykley Heads, which will play a central role in enhancing Durham’s provision of quality, sustainable business accommodation to attract and retain high value organisations to the area.”

Should planning permission be granted, work would begin over the next year.

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