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Christmas 2014 bin collections – Durham

December 23, 2014 Leave a comment

Christmas 2014 bin collections Published December 11, 2014 Find information about household bin collections during the Christmas and New Year period.

Bins will be emptied as normal up to and including Wednesday 24 December. Over Christmas and New Year, the following changes will apply:

Bin collections

Bins will be emptied as normal up to and including Wednesday 24 December.

Over Christmas and New Year, the following changes will apply:

Normal collection days Revised Christmas collection days Revised New Year collection days
Tuesday Collection as normal 23 December 2014 Wednesday, 31 December 2014
Wednesday Collection as normal 24 December 2014 Friday. 2 January 2015
Thursday Monday, 29 December 14 Saturday, 3 January 2015
Friday Tuesday, 30 December 14 Monday, 5 January 2015

Normal collections will start resume from Tuesday 6 January 2015.

via Christmas 2014 bin collections – Durham.


Your 1950s council house could be the model for an exciting new project at Beamish Museum

December 21, 2014 Leave a comment

Any one who has been to Beamish museum will be familiar with the 1900s pit village, the pre-World War I town, and the 1940s farm.

These, among other attractions, are as close as you’ll get to stepping back into the North East’s past.

Now, Beamish is planning an exciting addition to its unique “living history” experience – a 1950s town.

The museum is inviting people to nominate their 1950s semi-detached house and see it replicated at Beamish.

As part of the opening celebrations, you’ll even get the chance to enjoy a short stay in the completed home.

Beamish needs your help to decide which style of semi-detached house should be replicated in its ambitious plans for a new 1950s Town.

If you live, or used to live, in a semi-detached house in the North East, built between 1950 and 1959 and originally constructed as social housing (although not necessarily still social housing) then you can nominate it to be replicated at Beamish. (You might even want to have a chat with your neighbour to get them involved).

Oakridge Road

The house which will be included in the final plan is set to be decided by a public vote between March 27 and 30, 2015.

Richard Evans, Beamish’s Director, said: “Our 1950s Town will tell the stories of the North East’s communities during an important decade of change. What better way to do this than by recreating the real homes of real people, to be shared with more than half a million visitors each year?”

Post-war Britain was a time of great change. The construction of new social housing estates in the 1950s was a big part of this change, as town planners tried to build better homes for ordinary people.

If your house is chosen for inclusion in the project, Beamish would like to work with you to explore the history of your home and the impact of the 1950s within your community.

The opening of new council houses, Newbottle, Tyne and Wear, in May 1953
The opening of new council houses, Newbottle, Tyne and Wear, in May 1953

The 1950s Town is set to include, in addition to houses, a parade of shops, police house, cafe, cinema and recreation area.

Aged Miners’ Homes will be a centre for people living with dementia and their families and carers, and a 1950s trolleybus system and restored buses will transport visitors.

  • If you’d like to nominate a 1950s semi, complete the online form at Alternatively, you can send the museum a one-minute video clip, via a YouTube or Facebook link, explaining why you would like your house to be replicated. Closing date for entries is 9am on March 5, 2015. Full terms and conditions can be found on the Beamish website.

Beamish staff will be visiting communities across the North East to share information about the exciting project and encourage people to make nominations.

Go along and find out more at:

  • Sunderland Bridges shopping centre, Saturday, January 24
  • Grainger Market, Newcastle, Saturday, January 31
  • Durham market place, Saturday, February 7
  • King Street, South Shields, Saturday, February 14;
  • Tynemouth Market, Sunday February 22.

Middlewood Moor – Land off Whitehouse Lane – 167 Spacious family Homes – Ushaw Moor

December 11, 2014 Leave a comment

A fantastic development


Taylor Wimpey North East have been granted planning permission for new family homes in Ushaw Moor, County Durham on Thursday 1st July 2014. Having formally purchased the land on 1st December 2014 we intend to have ground workers on site immediately with the hope that we will launch our sales office in March/April of 2015.

We have had an exceptional early response to this exciting new development and would urge anyone interested in the site to ensure that they have registered for updates, to stay one step ahead.

Over the coming weeks this webpage will begin to fill with more and more information as we move ever closer to the launch of the development. However, if you would like to contact us directly via telephone or email do not hesitate to do so.

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The designs used throughout the development have been carefully planned and thought-out ensuring that the site is as homely as possible for its new residents, incorporating fantastic areas of green space and natural materials; slotting perfectly into the development surroudings.

Middlewood Moor will fit into the surrounding village of Ushaw Moor adding a fantastic array of homes, perfect for each and every buyer.

Each home will be built to the impeccably high standard set by Taylor Wimpey, ensuring every purchaser a relaxed, easier moving process.


Taylor Wimpey are already investing in the community surrounding the development and are constantly looking for opportunities  to help the area around Middlewood Moor thrive and develop even further.

Throughout our time on site we will  invest heavily in the community, not just through cash investments or sponsorship, but with time and labour too.

Middlewood Moor | Taylor Wimpey.

Corner Of Cockhouse Lane, Ushaw Moor, Ushaw Moor, Durham, DH7 FOR SALE £60,000 Under Offer

September 20, 2014 Leave a comment

Prominent corner site available extending to approximately 1300 sqaure meters, suitable for a variety of redevelopment schemes subject to planning approval. The main photograph shows a view from Station Road.Situated 4 miles from Durham City Centre, in a residential area within Ushaw Moor Village close to local shops and amenities.Offers are invited around £60,000


Please note that all sizes have been measured with an electronic measure tape and are approximations only. Under the terms of the Misdescription Act we are obliged to point out that none of these services have been tested by ourselves. We cannot vouch that any of the installations described in these particulars are in perfect working order. We present the details of this property in good faith and they were accurate at the time of which we inspected the property. Stuart Edwards for themselves and for the vendors or lessors of this property whose agents they are, give notice, that: (1) the particulars are in produced in good faith, are set out as a general guide only, and do not constitute any part of a contract; (2) no person in the employment of Stuart Edwards has the authority to make or give any representation or warranty in relation to this property.

via Corner Of Cockhouse Lane, Ushaw Moor, Ushaw Moor, Durham, DH7 FOR SALE £60,000 Under Offer.

Work on £13m estate to start soon From Durham Advertiser

September 10, 2014 2 comments

BUILDING on a new housing estate is expected to start later this month.

Durham County Council granted planning permission for the construction of 167 new homes on open land north of Ladysmith Terrace, in Ushaw Moor, near Durham City, earlier this summer.

Now housebuilder Taylor Wimpey has announced work is expected to begin during September.

Karl Morton, the firm’s sales and marketing director, said: “This development will bring more quality living opportunities…. and will mean the area is further added to in a style that is sympathetic to the surrounding countryside.

“The site will offer a mix of two, three and four bedroom traditional family homes, which will be of varying styles and heights to complement the environment and maximise the stunning views.

“We’ve had large levels of early interest and expect to help househunters move here very quickly.”

The £13m estate, covering 5.5 hectares, will have 33 “affordable” two- or three-bedroom houses plus other detached homes with three or four bedrooms.

Council planning officers had recommended planning consent be refused, citing congestion problems on the A167 and A690, but community leaders said the area needed the new homes and investment.

Prices will be announced in the next few months but potential buyers can register an interest online at

via Work on £13m estate to start soon From Durham Advertiser.

New housing scheme for Ushaw Moor approved From The Northern Echo

A MULTI-MILLION pound scheme to build 167 new homes on the edge of a village has been approved despite a recommendation by council officials that it be rejected because of the potential for increased traffic congestion.

Durham county councillors unanimously endorsed the plans for land north of Ladysmith Terrace, Ushaw Moor, near Durham, following an impassioned plea from community leaders for new development in the village.

Taylor Wimpey has won permission to construct the £13m housing estate on a 5.5-hectare greenfield site. Thirty three dwellings will be “affordable” two or three bedroom homes, while the others will be three or four bedroom detached houses.

Recommending refusal, planning officers said traffic generated would add to already saturated junctions on the A167 and A690 at peak times and would lead to “severe cumulative impacts upon the transport network”.

Speaking in favour of the scheme, Phil Stoddart of Brandon and Byshottles Parish Council, said: “This development will improve the visual image of our village and will help support schools, shops post office and jobs and local transport. It will also give the village the kickstart it needs.”

Ward councillor Jean Chaplow added: “This will help generate houses and bring families into Ushaw Moor. We have capacity in our three schools for extra children.”

Objector Sally Dixon, speaking on behalf of residents of Ladysmith Terrace, said their homes would be directly overlooked by the new housing and she agreed with concerns raised by the highways officers.

Monsignor John Marsland, president of landowners Ushaw College, which closed as seminary in June 2011, said: “The financial receipts generated from the scheme will provide much-needed funds for Ushaw College and will contribute toward the new future of this important asset.”

via New housing scheme for Ushaw Moor approved From The Northern Echo.

Ushaw Moor split over £13m housing scheme (From The Northern Echo)

April 30, 2014 1 comment

A MULTI-million pound scheme to build 167 new homes on the edge of a village have met with a mixed response from residents.

Taylor Wimpey has applied for planning permission to construct a £13m housing estate on land north of Ladysmith Terrace, in Ushaw Moor, near Durham.

John Howarth, of Ladysmith Terrace, said the village’s infrastructure was already struggling to cope and the new homes would be at risk of flooding.

However, John Arthurs, of Welby Drive, said it was potentially great news for the village, predicting it would bring infrastructure improvements.

“We need to move away from seeing problems and look to the future with the enthusiasm of our forefathers who founded this village when it was just farmland,” Mr Arthurs said.

Of the 167 homes proposed for the 5.5-hectare Greenfield site, 33 would be “affordable” two or three bedroom homes, while the others would be three or four bedroom detached houses.

Around 1,000 leaflets explaining the plans were sent out and a consultation event was held in January.

Taylor Wimpey says the site has good transport links and amenities and a drainage strategy will reduce the flood risk.

Building would take place over five years, supporting 42 jobs, and new residents would spend up to £6.5m a year, including £1m in the local economy.

Durham County Council would get a £1.4m New Homes Bonus and an extra £2.1m in council tax.

A Taylor Wimpey spokesman said: “The consultation process enabled us to involve the local community in shaping our designs to ensure the plans will not only work for current residents, but enhance the area for the long term.

“The consultation informed Taylor Wimpey that our design should feature play space and affordable homes, so we’re proposing a number of green open spaces which link up and lead to a natural play space consisting of boulders and logs at the heart of the project.”

He said he hoped the homes would appeal to people already living in Ushaw Moor and others.

“It is our hope that new residents will bring additional expenditure to help secure a vibrant future for the local area.”

A statutory consultation period has begun and comments can be made until Wednesday, May 7. The council aims to put the scheme before a planning committee in May.

via Ushaw Moor split over £13m housing scheme (From The Northern Echo).