County Durham’s giant Integra 61 development has been given the green light to continue another phase of expansion.

Planning permission for the creation of more employment space at the £300m development at Bowburn, south east of Durham is expected to attract dozens more businesses and jobs to a site which is bringing major economic regeneration to the county.

Called Integra 61 because of its positioning at junction 61 of the A1(M), the expansion scheme is being driven by developers Citrus Durham who hope the speculative increase in office space will attract ambitious new companies.

The new business/industrial hub, Evolution@Integra61, that is being planned will comprise 23 flexible units totalling 52,142 sq ft, with sizes ranging from 1,205 sq ft up to 6,480 sq ft.

David Cullingford, project lead for Integra 61 and Citrus Durham, said: “We are proud to be delivering such an inclusive scheme and to be able to offer a wide range of opportunities to businesses of all sizes.

“Research has demonstrated the critical lack of new build space in the North East and we are confident that this next phase of flexible business accommodation will not only support regional occupiers but also provide an influx of jobs to boost the local economy.”

The centrepiece of the Integra 61 development is Amazon’s new two million sq ft fulfilment centre but plans also include 300 new homes, a 70-bed hotel, a family pub/restaurant, a nursery, car showrooms and a number of trade counter/retail units once complete.

Citrus Durham will be appointing a contractor to start work on site in the summer.

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