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Houses plan for factory site

AN ENGINEERING firm is planning to move its factory and sell the land for housing development.

North East Assemblies intends to relocate from The Works, on Station Road, Ushaw Moor, County Durham, to another site within the Durham district, possibly in Meadowfield.

Durham City Council has granted outline planning permission to build 21 two-storey homes on its current site, which it has occupied since it moved, from Meadowfield, in 1999.

Manager Kathleen McGee told councillors the firm had invested £2.5m in new equipment since the move, but its buildings were old, difficult to heat and inappropriate for its work.

She said the company was looking to move into aerospace engineering and could not remain where it was.

“We have to move with the times. In order to protect the integrity of the company, we need to provide new, modern facilities. The only way we can finance the move is to sell the site.

“The unit itself is now the only manufacturing unit in Ushaw Moor and now doesn’t fit into the village. It sticks out like a sore thumb.

“I know a lot of the local population would like us not to be there. But we’re moving to try to protect a business that’s been running since 1995.”

Councillor Phil Stoddart, who represents New Brancepeth and Ushaw Moor, said: “I welcome this long-awaited report. I know this is a working factory but it’s past its sell by date. There will be no loss of jobs.

“This development will further the regeneration of our ever-improving village.”

The scheme was approved by the committee.

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