Policy E3

Policy E3: Retail Development

Development proposals within Durham City centre, as defined in the proposals map, will be supported where it is demonstrated that they:

  1. contribute to the creation of a lively and vibrant City centre with:
    1. the primary frontage mainly in retail use; and
    2. other appropriate town centre uses (defined as retail, leisure, entertainment, sport and recreation, offices, and arts, culture and tourism) located in the City centre but outside the primary frontages; and
  2. enhance the character and attractiveness of the City centre by:
    1. conserving and enhancing the historic character of the Conservation Area and World Heritage Site, its setting and historic assets, both designated and undesignated; and
    2. sympathetically converting existing buildings outside the primary frontages and re-using redundant upper floors in the secondary frontages for office and other appropriate town centre uses (defined as retail, leisure, entertainment, sport and recreation, offices, and arts, culture and tourism); and
    3. safeguarding and enhancing the green setting along the River Wear; and
    4. ensuring that new development is of a scale appropriate to the City centre, is well-designed and is of a mass and materials appropriate to the character of the City centre; and
    5. improving the public realm; and
    6. improving the City centre environment for pedestrians and cyclists.

Note: For justification see Policy E4

Next section: Policy E4: Primary and Secondary Frontages

4 Responses to Policy E3

  1. John Ashby says:

    New Purpose Built Student Accommodation schemes should be required to be designed with the capability to be reasonably easily converted to suitable accommodation for young couples starting out on the housing ladder, or professional people or elderly people in case the development proves to be surplus to the market for student accommodation.

  2. Jean Rogers says:

    I support this policy, particularly the emphasis that development must be sympathetic and appropriate in scale. Durham cannot compete with destination retail parks, and should encourage retail which a) serves those who live in the city or routinely shop here, and b) attracts people for whom interesting and indidual shops are part of a visit to a historic and attractive city. The covered market is an example of what Durham can offer in this respect.

  3. John Pacey says:

    POLICY E 3
    I support this Policy and flag up the importance of satisfactory access/servicing arrangements.

  4. Cath says:

    The Prince Bishops and Milburngate developments block the views of our beautiful city and these types of developments really need to be better thought out.