Green light for Durham development

November 8th, 2018 in Home Group News

South Seaham

Home Group and Tolent Construction have secured outline planning consent for a major housing and community development near Seaham, County Durham.

The two North-East-based organisations have worked closely with Durham County Council to secure consent for a garden village just on the outskirts of the coastal town.

The garden village has been carefully designed to create what will be a national and international exemplar, which is truly inclusive and welcoming to all parts of the community.

Around 1,500 new homes are planned to be built on the site – 1,000 of which will be delivered by Home Group, one of the UK’s largest providers of high-quality housing, health and social care.

Home Group will build 750 good quality affordable houses to high design standards that will provide homes for a wide range of incomes, from starter homes for young people to the retired and those in need of assisted living.  In addition to this Home Group will also deliver 250 homes for open market sale through Persona Homes.

Land for 500 of the houses will be sold to private sector housebuilders and the profits from the sale will be used to subsidise the construction of a school and other community facilities in the village centre.

It is anticipated that the development will take twelve years and will create 960 jobs, including 500 new construction jobs and 300 jobs in the centre of the village.  A training academy will be established on site with the Construction Industry Training Board and will give young people apprenticeship opportunities to develop their skills to become tradesmen and other professions.

Durham development

Will Gardner, Director of Development Home Group, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have received planning consent for what is going to be such a ground-breaking development – delivered by two outstanding north-east based companies.

“We are looking forward to working with Tolent Construction and starting to deliver the reality for this fantastic vision.”

John Wood, Chairman of Tolent, said: “This really will be a national exemplar creating jobs for young people and homes for a whole range of people, and I want to thank Durham County Council for their support for this vision.

“The vision is to create a truly sustainable community with a mix of distinctive high quality housing that improves the quality of life for all residents in relation to health and technology.”

Located close to the A19, Dalton Retail Park and the coast, the garden village will provide a stunning setting for residents in a highly accessible location.  More than half of the garden village will be managed green space including extensive parkland, sports facilities and play areas, lined by a network of over 3 miles of landscaped paths and cycle ways

At the heart of the garden village will be its centre, with shops and a café, a primary school, a park and village square, and a health and well-being community hub, which includes a gym.

The National Innovation Centre for Ageing, based in Newcastle University, and the University of Northumbria’s School of Nursing, are both bringing health innovations to the garden village, such as the design of inclusive home environments and the use of digital technology to reduce social isolation.

The village centre will also include a new innovation hub which will be used by new and existing businesses, along with the region’s universities, to bring the latest research and innovation insight into the development of all aspects of the garden village.

Work is due to commence on site in the summer of 2019, with the first new homes being available by early 2020. The garden village will be developed over a ten to twelve year period, providing a major economic boost for East Durham.