The Forum made a response ( north-road-regeneration-and-a690-improvements) to Durham Council’s North Road Regeneration and A690 Improvements – Revised Proposals (October 2016).
The need and potential for regeneration of North Road is considerable. There are buildings of great architectural and historic quality and interest, and most of the others are of townscape value with the exception of the unsympathetic and outdated 1960s shopping redevelopments. Retaining and refurbishing most of the existing buildings while redeveloping the 1960s eyesores is the key to a successful scheme. However, the case for a new bus station in a new location is unconvincing. The view of the Forum is that an improved bus station on its existing site is likely to be less costly, less intrusive, more convenient and more popular than the current proposal.