Durham Development Plans: Building back bigger, better and fairer

Built Environment Network

Amy Harhoff,
Corporate Director of Regeneration, Economy and Growth,
Durham County Council

£9 billion Economy 

14,565 Businesses

174,000 Jobs

County Durham:

North East’s biggest economy and growing economy

£9 billion Economy 

533,100 Residents 

101,800 Highly Skilled Workers 

14,565 Businesses

254,000 Workers

£30,100 Average Wages

18,800 Students

174,000 Jobs

30,100 Self-Employed

14,565 Businesses

Investment Programme

£2 billion investment programme in 250 schemes across the county

  • 10 projects with total value over £20m (equates to £1.3bn)
  • 53 projects valued between £5m to £20m (equating to £555m):
    • £33.2m Stronger Towns Fund
    • £400m Bishop Auckland
    • £30m Levelling up Fund
    • £78m Leisure Centre transformation
    • £58m NETPark phase 3 expansion
    • £200m investment on Riverside Durham City
    • £19m Durham history centre
    • £12m green homes development
    • £44.5m Jade Business Park
    • £80m DCC Housebuilding Programme
    • £25m Towns and Villages Regeneration Programme
    • £200m Aykley Heads development
    • Durham Pound

Key Investment Case Studies

Approach every opportunity as a partnership to work with different stakeholders

The council can support the private sector to enable developments by:

  • investing in site infrastructure
  • taking a stake in developments
  • directly procuring site development and construction

Integra 61, Bowburn. ‘The largest scale logistics and manufacturing development the North East has seen in a generation’, Invest North East England

Jade Business Park, Murton. A speculative phase 1 development of the 55 -acre site suitable for manufacturing and distribution opportunities fully let within 18 months of completion

NETPark, Sedgefield. Region’s premier science park supporting high value jobs with over 40 companies employing over 600 people from university spin-outs, start ups to more established companies

Coming Soon

  • Aykley Heads development
  • 5 further levelling up bids
  • UK City of Culture 2025 Bid
  • Economic strategy consultation
  • £58m NETPark phase 3 construction

Why Durham?

£2bn investment planned or underway

Development opportunities, for example Aykley Heads in the heart of Durham City

Excellent connectivity nationally by road and rail, and internationally by air and port

Home to world top 100 university, with four more in the region boasting 110,000 students

A hotbed of innovation, home to businesses in growing sectors

An ambitious council developing an economic strategy with stakeholders that will shape the county’s future for the next 10 years

Driving forward with private and public funding opportunities to deliver economic benefits like the City of Culture Bid, Town Centre Funds

A collaborative partner in Durham County Council keen to work with developers, investors and businesses

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