Durham coach park to be levelled to make way for new council HQ

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Despite protests from residents and visiting coach operators, Durham County Council has approved plans to build a new, £50m headquarters on the site of the current coach and car park.

The new building at The Sands will provide a boost to the local economy, according to the council, which approved the plans at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday 5 March.

The current home of Durham’s coach park, based at The Sands near the city centre. GOOGLE
The current home of Durham’s coach park, based at The Sands near the city centre. GOOGLE

However, leader of the city’s Parish Council, Cllr Elizabeth Scott, told ITV: “It’s bad for business. Durham will lose its coach park, which it relies on for day visitors and half-day visitors.

That cannot be good for a city like Durham.”

A planning application to move the coach park to the Belmont Park & Ride site on the outskirts of the city – three miles away from its current city centre location – has been approved.

The new park will have 30 spaces, and will be accessed using the existing bus-only link from the A690.

Coaches will exit through the Park & Ride and onto the A690 via an existing signal-controlled junction.
Work is expected to begin on the new council headquarters in 2020.