Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Parts of Seminary Could Be Kept Open; Business Plan Talks for North College Ongoing

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Parts of Seminary Could Be Kept Open; Business Plan Talks for North College Ongoing

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Byline: Kerry Wood

AHEAD of its looming closure date plans could be afoot to try and keep open Grade I and II-listed parts of the ancient Ushaw College.

With meetings between the college's board of trustees and figures in the Catholic church still ongoing its hoped a business plan can be pulled together making parts of the historically important site viable in the future.

It's an aim that could please English Heritage which earlier this year expressed concerns at the possibility of some of the buildings being boarded up once teaching at the site ends next month.

It's believed the cost of mothballing the seminary could cost around pounds 300,000 a year. Back in October last year it emerged the Roman Catholic college on the outskirts of Durham City would have to close amid declining numbers and financial difficulties.

Home to St Cuthbert's Seminary, where priests have trained since its foundation more than 400 years ago in France, the plan sparked outrage among some in County Durham and the wider Catholic community who called for a public consultation on its future. …

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