A SPECIALIST crane has been deployed to save three English Oak trees from a building site.
David Wilson Homes is currently building 61 four and five-bedroom executive houses on the former Mount Oswald golf course, Durham City – the first stage of a £200m scheme which will also include an exclusive millionaires’ row, accommodation for 1,000 students, family homes and community facilities.
The trees have been moved, or “translocated”, to the edge of the 95-acre site, off South Road, using specialist equipment.
Fenton Hewitt, sales director at David Wilson Homes North East, said: “The local planning authority expressed an interest in retaining the trees on site and we really wanted to work together with them to ensure this was done.
“Where possible we always want to conserve wildlife and maintain the natural beauty of an area and we are pleased that we have been able to do so at Mount Oswald.”
Showhomes on the site will be available to view early next year.
Meanwhile, work is continuing on creating the development’s main access road.
A new traffic light-controlled junction is being installed opposite Howlands park-and-ride, where £1.8m is to be spent improving the service.
The roadworks are due to be finished early next year.
The huge development was deeply unpopular with residents, who said it would cost green space and cause traffic chaos.