£11m investment for people livin in south Durham
Published by sbhlthompson for Livin in Housing and also in Communities
Breaking the ground at Baliol Road, Newton Aycliffe, livin chief executive Colin Steel with Southdale’s North East Regional Director, Paul Oldridge, Wayne Harris, executive director property and development and Alan Cargill vice chair of the board
As the construction of affordable homes drops by a dramatic 97% compared to last year’s figures, one of County Durham’s largest housing providers breaks ground on its first new-homes development in a bid to tackle the problem across south Durham.
livin is investing a total of £11.6million in its new home development programme and plans to build 100 new homes over the next four years. £1.85million of funding has been received from the Government’s Affordable Homes Programme.
29 properties are due to be built in the first phase of the programme comprising of a mix of two and three bedroom bungalows in Newton Aycliffe, Middlestone Moor and Ferryhill.
National construction and development specialist Southdale has been appointed to build the homes on behalf of livin and the new developments at Baliol and Clarence Chare are the first of a number of schemes to be developed by the new partnership.
Chief executive for livin Colin Steel said: “The need for social housing is growing rapidly and securing funding of this scale will offer a massive boost for the community as well beginning to tackle the housing shortage in the area.
“Investing in our communities is at the heart of what we do and this is the start of a series of new housing developments for the company.”
The homes which will be built to strict environmental standards boast a range of energy saving features including high levels of insulation, double glazing and draughtproofing to help tenants save money on utility bills as well as being more environmentally responsible.
Southdale’s North East Regional Director, Paul Oldridge said: “Southdale are delighted to be working in partnership with livin on this flagship community regeneration scheme. Southdale look forward to engaging with residents on the positive changes which will occur within in their neighbourhoods and are committed to providing a number of apprenticeships and recruitment opportunities for local people across the area.”
The properties which are already generating a lot of interest will be let to people in housing need and the first homes are expect to be occupied by the summer 2012.
Further information on property allocation will be issued by livin over the coming months. Alternatively to keep up-to-date with news and updates about the development follow livin on twitter @weare_livin or visit livin.co.uk