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Aykley Heads - update

The latest proposals for the redevelopment of Aykley Heads as a business park have been submitted for planning permission as part of the formal planning process.


In January 2018, our Cabinet agreed to move our headquarters to allow for the development of a new business park on the Aykley Heads site. Aykley Heads, already home to Atom Bank, Waterstons, the North East of England Chamber of Commerce, Salvus House and many other businesses, has been designated as a strategic employment site.

We are now embarking on the next stage of this transformative project to create a business park. The area, close to Durham City, is capable of attracting thousands of high quality jobs and is worth up to £400 million to the county's economy.

What is being proposed

A hybrid application has been submitted which comprises a detailed application for office use on Plot C and an outline application for phases one and two on the rest of the site.

Located to the north of Durham city centre, the proposed redevelopment of the site is shown on the map below as an aerial view. The dotted red line on the map shows the site's boundary which extends to 146,093m2 (14.6 hectares). Overall, the maximum office floorspace across the site will be 48,698m2 excluding car parking areas.

The development site is divided into two phases and six plots. Each plot contains office buildings and car parking spaces. The office buildings within each proposed plot will be set in trees and newly planted landscaped areas. 

Artist's impressions of how the proposed development including Plot A South and Plot B might look and the proposed building on Plot C:

We have put together additional information:

Please contact us if you have problems accessing the information in our imagery file.

Have your say

During the public consultation period, you can provide your comments and feedback by  by e-mail to or in writing to Planning Development, Room 4/86-102, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL. 

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