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Durham look to local co-operation

Durham's Riverside ground
Durham's Riverside ground has already hosted three test matches

Durham chief executive David Harker believes it is vital that people in the Chester-le-Street area are involved in the club's development plans.

The club have unveiled plans for a 45m development of the Riverside ground over the next two to three years.

Harker told BBC Radio Newcastle: "As part of the planning process we are required to consult with local people and we think that's a good idea."

"It will give them the chance to have some input into the final plans."

Proposals for the development of the Riverside include a hotel, a new entrance building for the box office and club shop, and conference space for up to 700 delegates.

Temporary seating would also be made permanent, increasing the capacity of the ground to 20,000.

"We're aiming for around 20,000, it won't be any more than that, but will be bigger than Trent Bridge," said Harker.

Other additions include permanent floodlights and new scoreboards, with planning permission already granted for the first phase of the development.

A public exhibition of the proposal will run at the club for a week from Monday.

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