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Aykley Heads - update

Residents, businesses and interested local groups are invited to view the latest proposals for the redevelopment of Aykley Heads and provide comments prior to the submission of the planning application.

Please note, there will be a further opportunity to view the proposals and submit your comments 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, 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

We are proposing the submission of a hybrid application which comprises a detailed application for office use on Plot C and an outline application for phases one and two.

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. The six plots are Plot A North, Plot A South, Plot B, Plot C, Plot D and Plot E. Each plot contains office buildings and car parking spaces. The office buildings within each proposed plot are 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

  • This engagement events is now closed.

What happens next

Your comments and feedback will help inform and develop the planning application before it is submitted.

You will also have the opportunity to provide your comments on the proposals during the statutory planning process. 

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