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Front Street, Coxhoe

J W Wood Land and New Homes Department are pleased to bring this development site to the Market for sale. Measuring 1658 Sq m and Formerly the village church hall which was knocked down, and previously benefitting from planning permission (Now Lapsed) for the erection of 8 three bedroomed townhouses and a mixed use retail unit with two bedroomed flat above. 

Full details can be found on the Durham County Council Planning portal website using the reference number of DM/15/01537/FPA.

The site is perfectly placed with having a supermarket and the rest of the village amenities within a very short walk. The A1 motorway is 1.2 miles away providing excellent transport links

Agents note : J W Wood are contractually bound to be retained as the selling agents for any houses that are built and sold on this site. For further details, please contact the Land and New Homes department

South View, Shildon

A fantastic development opportunity has arisen in a location central to Shildon and within close proximity to a range of local amenities. The land currently has full planning consent for seven dwellings. Further information on the development is available by visiting the Durham County Council planning portal and using reference number DM/16/00603/FPA.


The Former Red Oak Pub, Lowland Road, Brandon

J W Wood land and new homes Department is pleased to offer for sale this potential development site. Measuring approximately 0.8 Acre, The site presents a great opportunity for development as it previously benefited from planning permission for two different schemes. The first, granted in February 2011 (planning reference number 4/11/00095/FPA) was for a scheme made up of apartments, detached and terraced houses for a total of 16 units, the second scheme was for 3 detached houses and potential self build plots, was granted in March 2014 ( planning reference number DM/14/00728/FPA). The Site is also in the County Durham Strategic Housing Land Availability  assessment and is identified as "Deliverable". We seek conditional and un conditional offers for the site. The site is located in an established residential area, with amenities close at hand. It is also a short distance from a wider array of larger amenities in Langley moor where Supermarkets and shops can be found. It is a short drive to Durham city, and the connections to the A1 Motorway. 

Agents note 1 - A mobile telephone mast is currently located on the site. The land that this is located on is not for sale, however vehicular access is required to this land, and as such the site owner and owners of the mast reserve a permanent right of access.

Agents note 2: Due to the telephone mast's location, there is an area close to it that has certain restrictions. For more information and a diagram highlighting this, please contact the Land and New Homes Department.

Agents note 3 - J W Wood are contractually bound to be retained as the selling agents on any units that are built and sold on this site. For more information of this arrangement, please speak to the land and new homes department

Former St Anne's School, Bishop Auckland

J W Wood's Land and New Homes Department seeks offers for the site of the former St Anne's School. The site measure's approximately 0.6 of an acre and currently benefits from planning permission for the erection of 18 dwellings made up of 14 two bedroom terraced houses and 4 one bedroom apartments along with parking facilities. For full details, please visit the Durham council's website, go to the planning section and use the reference number DM/15/03642/FPA 

Our client has demolished two buildings on the site however a third one still remains which could be either demolished in line with the planning permission, or converted (Subject to new planning permission). As such the site is offered either by lots, or as a whole

Lot 1 - Remaining building which measures approximately 36 metres by 6, and built from stone with a slate roof.

Lot 2 - The rest of the site currently comprising bare land and retained road.


Development Site details

Our client has retained much of the stone and slate from the demolished buildings to be reused in erection of new properties. Should a buyer require, our client has confirmed that they would be prepared to clear the site.

The site is accessed directly off the A689 South Church Road and lies a short walk from the town centre's numerous amenities and less than 400 metres from the market place itself meaning that it is very well placed. It is also less than 600 metres from Bishop Auckland's railway station which has a service to Darlington which is on the East coast main line connecting Edinburgh and London.

Agents note – J W Wood are contractually bound to be retained as the selling agents on any units that are built and sold on this site. For more information of this arrangement, please speak to the land and new homes department

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Land to the Rear of the Winning Post public House, Merrington Lane, Spennymoor

Suitable for a variety of uses, subject to planning, this parcel of land measuring 0.23 acres is available for sale. Previously used for dog training, the site comes with a  block built kennel and various wooden sheds and out buildings.

The site is located behind the Winning post public house, just off Merrington lane in Spennymoor, which itself is located within a few hundred metres of large scale house building site by Barratt homes. Furthermore, several planning applications have been submitted for nearby sites that may bring up to 550 new houses.

The site is located on Merrington lane which provides easy access to the region's road network, namely the A688, A167 and the A1. It has a wide variety of amenities close at hand including national chain shops, major supermarkets, bars and restaurants, however further facilities are available via a short journey to either Durham City or Bishop Auckland.

Agents note : J W Wood are contractually bound to be retained as the selling agents for any houses that are built and sold on this site. For further details, please contact the Land and New Homes department

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Pea Road, Stanley

A great single development plot available with fabulous views looking towards tanfield lea and Tantobie. Measuring just over 300 sq m, this plot  of land benefits from outline planning permission for the erection of a three bedroomed detached dormer bungalow. For more information, please visit the Durham Council website and use the reference number DM/17/00039/OUT.

It currently houses a metal shed, which will require demolition before the new property can be built. However can be left for any purchasers or dismantled and removed by current owner. The site is accessed via an un adopted road at the bottom of Pea Road. Pea Road is situated within walking distance of the town centre and amenities. The A693 highway provides easy access to major roads and other regional centres.

Agents Note: J W Wood are to be retained as the selling agent for any property that is built and sold on this site. For more information, please contact the Land and New Homes Department.


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Planning permission


Former Fairview Garage, Ovington

Covering an area of 0.63 Acres, this prime site comes with outline permission for the erection of one detached house. It measures approximately 30 metres wide, 88 from front to back, and is generally flat. For full details of the planning permission, please to go Durham council's planning portal and use reference number DM/17/00613/FPA.

We feel however that the site offers potential for further development (Subject to planning permission) and would make a great location for perhaps 4 or 5 houses. The front of the site has a great open aspect and lovely views over fields.

The site is a short distance from the nearby River Tees and just over half a mile from the Village of Ovington. It is also well placed  on the regions transport links as the A66 and A67 roads are a short drive away, providing swift access to the nearby towns of Barnard Castle, Darlington, Bishop Auckland and beyond.

Agents note: J W Wood are contractually bound to be retained as the selling agents for any houses that are built and sold on this site.

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Planning permission

Land at Church Bank, Stanley

Suitable for the the built to rent investor, or a owner occupier seeking to have a shop with habitable space above, this is a great opportunity, located very close to Stanley town Centre. Accessed of the A6076, Church Bank, this plot comes with out line permission for the erection of a mixed use unit comprising of retail on the ground floor and a two bedroom apartment above. The site will also provide a new single garage and an additional parking space.

For full details of the permission, interested parties should visit the Durham county Council's Planning portal and use the reference number  DM/19/02739/OUT.

The town centre is located merely a few hundred metres away with all of the amenities it provides. the Plot is also located very conveniently, providing access to the A693 linking up Stanley, Consett and Chester Le Street.

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Edward Terrace, New Brancepeth

This development plot is ready made for an investment buyer, or general convenience owner operator.  Our clients have secured planning permission for a mixed use unit comprising of a ground floor shop with two bedroom maisonette above and have built the foundations meaning that any buyer needs to finish the building off. This mature residential location is predominantly made up of terraced properties, and this development should fit right in.

Full details of the planning permission can be found at the council's planning portal using application reference number DM/16/02060/FPA.

New Brancepeth occupies a pleasant semi-rural setting yet lies close to a good range of local shops and amenities which are available within nearby Langley Moor, Brandon and Meadowfield, with a more comprehensive range of shopping and recreational facilities and amenities available within Durham City Centre which lies approximately 4 miles distant.

Outline Planning permission has been granted to develop the currently vacant land directly behind the plot it is intended that there will be a mixture of bungalows and retail units created. For more information please visit the Durham county council's planning portal and use the reference number DM/19/00607/OUT

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Langley Mill, Lanchester

f you are searching for the perfect location to build your own "Grand Design", then this site has it all. Located off the A691 between Lanchester and Witton Gilbert, the site of the former Langley Mill is available for sale and comes with Full planning permission for the erection of one magnificent 6 bedroom home set within its own grounds which extend to approximately 4.4 acres. The site is accessed directly off the main road, yet offers total privacy due to the existing trees. the private road winds through the dense coverage and then opens up to the building area which will offer fantastic views over the River Browney valley. Full details of the planning application can be found on the Durham county Council's Planning portal using the reference of DM/17/01416/FPA.

The Village of Lanchester is located close by which offers a range of local amenities including nursery, Primary and secondary schools, a variety of shops, bars and restaurants. Durham, in the other direction offers a wider range of faculties as would be expected.

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Annfield Plain High street

A small development plot measuring approximately 0.06 acre, previously used for the storage of building materials, located in the centre of Annfield Plain. The site has historically had permission for the erection of a single mixed use building consisting of a commercial unit with residential apartment above. The application was dated 1983, so has lapsed. For further details, please visit the council planning portal and use the reference number 1/1983/1158/50898.

The Site is also subject to restrictive covenants, for full details, please contact the Land and New Homes Department.

The site is located in the town centre, with the local amenities such as Tesco on hand. The town itself is well located between Consett and Stanley and is well serviced by transport links such as the A693.


Belle Vue

Seeking all levels of interest in the form of conditional, un conditional and joint venture proposals, this development plot on the front street of Burnhope comes with renewed outline permission for the erection of 2 x 4 bedroomed houses arranged over three floors.The site is directly accessed off the main road and our clients have advised that services are already on site. The site measure 0.06 of an acre.

For full details of the planning, go to Durham County council's planning portal and use the reference number DM/16/03291/OUT.

Burnhope is a semi-rural village approximately four miles from Stanley town centre and seven miles from Durham City which has basic facilities including two local shops and a restaurant.  Nearby Lanchester offers a better range of facilities being approximately one mile distant.

The Elms Care home, Kimblesworth

J W Wood seek all levels of interest for both outright purchase, and joint venture development of the The Elms, a care home in Kimblesworth County Durham. Currently a 19 bedroom care home with communal facilities such as dining, washing and lounge rooms, this imposing, stone build property could potentially be suitable for conversion, subject to planning permission.

The property has previously benefited from planning permission, granted in 2012 -  which has subsequently lapsed, to extend the ground floor to provide a further 6 bedrooms - please go to Durham Council's planning website and use the reference number 2/11/00330/FUL.

The site has ample parking provided in two areas of hard standing, and has pleasant and mature gardens to front and rear. It is located in the village of Kimblesworth, which whilst quiet, is a very short drive to the Arnison retail centre which boasts many facilities and shops. Chester Le Street and Durham city are a short drive away. 

Kimblesworth is on a bus route which itself is connected to the A167 highway, which in turn connects to the A1 Motorway.


Finchale Road, Framwellgate Moor

Building plot which measures approximately 16 metres wide, and 20 metres from front to back,  located in desirable residential location, a short walk from the local amenities, and minutes drive from both Durham city centre and the Arnison retail park. the Plot comes with outline planning permission for the erection of one house. Full details can be found on the Durham  council online planning portal using reference number DM/19/02373/OUT.

The plot is also well placed for commuting purposes being within a few minutes drive of the A(167) Highway which provides good road links to both North and South. Furthermore the two closest junctions to the A1 are located at Durham city and Chester Le Street.

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St Edmunds Church Hall, Auton Stile, Bearpark

St Edmunds Church hall offers the potential for either a business to establish themselves or even conversion to residential by either developing the existing building, or even demolition and a new property taking its place, (Subject to obtaining the necessary planning permission).

The hall was erected in the 1950's and has been in use since until laying vacant for the last year. The plot it sits on is roughly rectangular in shape and enjoys direct access off Auton Stile with a long drive providing off street parking for several cars. There is  a small lawned area to the front of the property in addition to the garden areas to the rear of the property. Internally the accommodation comprises of a kitchen area, main hall area measuring 17 metres by 7 metres at the maximum dimensions, a storage / preparation room, and two separate toilets. The building has all services connected, and is heated by individual wall mounted gas heaters.

The property occupies a prominent main road position and within walking distance of local shops and amenities which are available within Bearpark, with more comprehensive shopping and recreational facilities and amenities available within Durham City Centre which lies approximately 3 miles distant.  Bearpark is well placed for commuting purposes as it lies a short drive from the A(167) Highway which provides good road links to both North and South.

Land at Low Yard, Helmington Row, Crook

This development site which measure approximately 0.11 acre, has previously benefitted from full planning approval for the erection of three houses. For full details, go to the Durham county council planning portal and use the application reference number DM/15/00847/FPA.  This application was granted in 2015 and has now lapsed. The whole site is made up of 6 separate titles and previously housed buildings which were demolished some years ago. Some of the titles hold restrictive covenants. A neighbouring property enjoys access through the centre of the site which must be maintained.

The site is located in a quiet residential area with some local amenities close at hand but with the towns of Crook and Willington not far away.

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Land to the North of Sunderland Road, Newbottle

Measuring approximately just under half an acre, this parcel of land is available for sale. the access to the site is via an existing road, over which the land enjoys a right of way.

The site lies within the Newbottle conservation area but outside of the green belt allocated land.

The site could be suitable for a variety of uses subject to planning consent. The Village centre lies not far away, and Newbottle itself is well located being a short distance from Chester Le Street, Sunderland, Houghton Le Spring and indeed Durham further away.

Land Next to Crookfield Farm, Burnopfield

A fabulous development plot that measures approximately 0.75 acres and comes with full planning permission for the erection of two detached houses in the ever popular village of Burnopfield. The site comes with simple access and due to its elevated position, enjoys great views for miles with the Cheviott Hills in the distance.The planning permission is made up of two seperate  applications. The first which was out line permission for one house, was granted in December 2017, (Planning reference number DM/17/02386/OUT) this has subsequently been taken further by way of reserved matters application. The second property has recently been passed, for more information please go to the Durham council's planning portal and use the reference number of DM/19/03918/FPA. The planned properties have been orientated in such a way to maximise exposure to the sun.The site has an existing drainage connection that a new property maybe able to connect to, although our clients advise that further investigation would be required.

The site enjoys a fantastic elevated position next to the A692  which offers access to Consett, Stanley, Tyneside and the Metro Centre and the regional centres. The village of Burnopfield itself offers many local amenities, many of which are close at hand.

We seek un conditional offers for the freehold of the site


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