Public inquiry into new Durham County Council headquarters looks set to run into July

A probe into controversial plans linked to a new multi-million pound council HQ is expected to last until July.

Friday, 21st May 2021, 10:54 am
Artistic impression of the new Durham County Council HQ
Artistic impression of the new Durham County Council HQ

A public inquiry into Durham County Council’s application to strip a former coach park at the Sands, in Durham City, of its protected ‘common land’ status started late last month (April 27).

But despite hearing evidence from supporters and objectors for five full days, it is expected proceedings will continue for at least a sixth, with a seventh day also allocated, if needed.

Following the latest session heard on Wednesday, May 12, bosses had hoped to be able to continue on Tuesday and Wednesday (May 25 and 26).

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However, issues related to streaming proceedings, which are being held remotely, mean it has had to be pushed back.

Instead, the inquiry, led by government inspector Edward Cousins, will restart on Thursday, July 1.

If, after this, a further day is needed to conclude, it will be adjourned once more, resuming on Wednesday, July 7.

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