Sheraton Park – Planning Permission Confirmed!

On 14th October 2014, Alumno Developments received confirmation of full planning permission for our Sheraton Park project. We have now signed all the legal agreements, which include Section 106 monies for community benefit, and are excited to begin the process of appointing a contractor.

A Section 73 Application has now been submitted to Durham Council to amend the wording of condition 2. This is in relation to working on both Neville House refurbishment and Sheraton House demolition in tandem. The condition as it is currently worded would leave Neville House empty on completion and the site programme would extend out to summer 2017. We have suggested wording that will give DCC comfort that the works to both houses will be completed and the historic asset will be protected.

We are now having several surveys carried out to on the site to aid the forthcoming build process. A programme of works for these surveys can be found below [PDF].

Sheraton and Neville House – Durham – Programme of Works

Planning has been Granted.

Yesterday, Durham County Council granted planning permission for our student accommodation scheme to go ahead.  We are very pleased with this outcome and look forward to beginning the next stage of the development process.

We’d like to thank those that have supported us along the way, and to all who have submitted comments on the plans as they have been instrumental in fine-tuning the design process.

We do understand that there are some in the local community who are concerned about the development going ahead and how it might impact the area.  We would like to reassure the community that we are sincere in our ambition to work closely with the local residents to make sure that the scheme becomes a success story for all parties, and that Sheraton Park has a positive and vibrant future.

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Alumno submits additional information to council

After feedback from both the Local Planning Authority and the community, Alumno have submitted additional information to the planners. These documents include additional information on the management of noise, updated information to reflect a reduced number of student bed spaces (a total of 418 rooms), additional car parking spaces (50 spaces) and the provision of a community room. A letter from Alumno’s planning consultant, Fairhurst, to the Local Planning authority summarises the amendments to the proposed development.

The documents can be reviewed by clicking on the links below:

Alumno responds to Public Comments

Alumno has been made aware that a number of people have made written representations to the planning application submitted. We would like to apologise to those individuals that we have not made contact before now but as you may be aware, it has been difficult to gain confirmation or indeed details of objections made from Durham County Council.  Obviously this situation is out of our hands, however we do want to tell you about how we are responding to them.

Firstly we have asked the Local Planning Authority to confirm that we now have copies of all representations submitted and we will make contact with all individuals or indeed groups who we are aware have submitted representations.

Additional information has been submitted to the Local Planning Authority specifically dealing with increased car parking proposals, additional management arrangements and an updated needs assessment. Obviously this information will be available at the Local Planning Authority but we have also uploaded them onto this website and they can be accessed below.

Fairhurst, the planning consultants appointed by Alumno, are also reviewing all representations submitted with our design team and as is necessary will be responding to the Local Planning Authority within the next few days. This response will be in the form of a letter and will also be posted on our website. Although we are trying to cover every matter raised, and the submission may not fully satisfy your concerns, but we do want to make sure you are fully aware of all the information submitted.

Obviously applicants do not have a requirement to correspond with individuals at this stage in the process but Alumno consider that we should make people aware of our position in relation to the application.



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Planning Application Submitted to Durham County Council

We are pleased to report that a planning application has now been submitted to Durham County Council for consideration.  The council will formally register the scheme and then members of the public will be able to review the final plans online and submit comments.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took the time to contact us to provide their feedback.  It has been extremely useful to us in developing the detail of the scheme.

If you have any further comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact Elizabeth Church ( or Catherine McKenzie ( on 020 7434 2384

Newsletter Distributed to the Public

We have issued a newsletter that presents our most recent changes to our proposed plans. These changes are in response to all of the feedback that we have received from the community and other stakeholders.

Hard copies of the newsletter were distributed today to the community. If you have not received one, or you would like a digital copy of it, please clink on the link below.

Newsletter on Sheraton Park Development
[Download, PDF, 1.2MB]

New layouts and elevations will be uploaded to the website soon.

New Images Released

Click on the thumbnails below to see larger images.

The first image is of the proposed new building replacing Sheraton House.

The second image is the revised Site Plan showing the updated landscaping plans surrounding the outlines of Neville House and the proposed new building.

Public Consultation Update

Our second public exhibition was held on Monday in the Scout’s Hut at the rear of St John’s Church.  Thank you to all those who were able to stop by and we hope that you found the event useful.  All of your comments, both in person and on the questionnaire, will be considered as we progress with our plans.  If you did not manage to fill out a questionnaire please do take the time to complete one online.

 We will continue to update this News section with our progress so please do keep checking the website for news and information.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or comments.