Case study

Maze, Planning Solutions

Durham City Retail Park

Project Overview

MAZE partner Andrew Watt was engaged in 2000 to advise on the development of a retail park on 8.3 ha of industrial land in the Dragonville area of Durham. Negotiations and a series of applications led to the grant of permission for 15,800sqm of non food retail space in February 2002.

A subsequent application for an enlarged scheme of 20,000sqm added health & fitness, restaurant, car showroom and office uses, but was called-in for determination by the Secretary of State in January 2003. Planning permission was granted in December 2003, following a public inquiry involving two other major retail schemes. The development opened for trading in 2005.

MAZE was subsequently retained by the developers and occupiers to deal with changes to the scheme and the amendment of planning conditions to facilitate the addition of mezzanine floor space and the sale of sports goods.


Dragonville Developments Ltd, Durham
Consolidated Property Group, Cheshire
Storey Carpets

Development team

The Harris Partnership, Manchester:
Mouchel Parkman, Mancheter:
Walker Morris, Leeds:
Robert Muckle, Newcastle:
Ashley Smith, Durham:
Petch Hall, Manchester: