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Plans have been submitted by Hedley Planning Services for a new retail, residential or hotel complex on Newgate Street in the centre of Bishop Auckland.
Jane Imrie

Multi-million pound complex could ‘transform’ County Durham town centre

A town centre in County Durham is set for regeneration following the submission of plans for a new multi-million pound development.

Plans have been submitted by Hedley Planning Services for a new retail, residential or hotel complex on Newgate Street in the centre of Bishop Auckland.

If plans get the go-ahead from Durham County Council next month, the Grade II listed former Beales department store will be converted and brought back into use, with the possibility of the demolition of the rear of the building and restoration of the existing façade.

The project, which sits within the heart of the Bishop Auckland Heritage Action Zone, will see the historic site add to the town centre’s ongoing regeneration.

Sean Hedley, managing director at Hedley Planning Services commented: “With the site being Grade II-listed within a conservation area, there are always challenges to overcome and it will be up to the market to decide the ultimate development scheme.

“As planners, we want to see the creation of exciting, aspirational and rewarding schemes that leave a long-lasting legacy delivering conservation and regeneration benefits.

“This project will undoubtedly see a positive change to this important site, ensuring social and economic benefits chime well with the overall regeneration of Bishop Auckland’s town centre.”

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