Housing Minister visits £350m housing regeneration project

March 2nd, 2017 in Home Group News

A group of people stand on the balcony of a house. Left to right Christine Curran Gateshead Regeneration Partnership. Sara Holmes Galliford Try, Mark Henderson Home Group, Gavin Barwell Housing Minister, Councillor Liz Twist

Housing Minister Gavin Barwell has visited homes being built in a £350m housing regeneration scheme.

Mr Barwell visited recently completed homes and those still under construction in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.

The homes are being built as part of a 19 year project by the Gateshead Regeneration Partnership – a joint venture between Gateshead Council, Galliford Try and Home Group.

In total around 2,400 homes are set to be completed across the borough. Mr Barwell visited homes at the Trilogy development in the Saltwell Road area of the town. Around 100 three and four bedroom homes are being built on the site. The majority are for private sale with 23 being designated as affordable homes.

Housing and Planning Minister Gavin Barwell said: “It was great to visit the Saltwell development and hear about the ambitious vision of the Gateshead Regeneration Partnership to revitalise neighbourhoods with high-quality, well-designed homes.

“As set out in our Housing White Paper, we want to see more innovative partnerships between local authorities and developers like this one, building the right homes in the right places and offering a mix of affordable housing and home ownership tenures.”

Mr Barwell was shown around site by Mark Henderson, Home Group Chief Executive, Sara Holmes Galliford Try Development Director and Councillor Liz Twist Gateshead Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing.

Mr Henderson said: “The Partnership is grateful Mr Barwell took time to come and see part of the large scale project we’re undertaking to improve the housing offer and contribute towards the regeneration of Gateshead.

“Local authorities working in partnership with developers and housing providers can achieve a great deal when it comes to regeneration and providing modern, energy efficient, affordable homes.”

Sara Holmes, Development Director for Galliford Try Partnerships North East, said: “We were delighted that the Minister was able to make the time in his busy schedule to visit our site at Saltwell.

“The Trilogy project is a prime example of what the Gateshead Regeneration Partnerships is trying to achieve, building quality homes that local people want to live in, and regenerating communities to make them into desirable places to be a part of.”

Councillor Liz Twist, Gateshead Council Cabinet member for Housing, said: “Despite our financial constraints, we’ve been pro-active in developing real housing opportunities for local people. Our joint venture partnership with Home Group and Galliford Try shows just what can be achieved when different organisations pool their resources to unlock the housing market.

“These fantastic new family homes are the first fruits of that partnership, but they’re by no means the last. In fact, the council has assembled 19 different sites throughout Gateshead, some within existing communities and others on wholly new brownfield sites. Together with our partners Home Group and Galliford Try, we have plans for more than 2,000 new homes on these sites and we are keen to push ahead with these developments as speedily as we can.

“The joint venture partnership we have forged is proving to be an extremely effective way sharing our resources, managing risk and delivering what exactly the public want.”

The Gateshead partnership has identified 19 sites across Gateshead Borough where homes will be built until 2030.