Riverside ends new homes drought in Stanhope
Published by Joanne McNally for Riverside in Housing and also in Communities
Durham CC's Councillor Eddie Tomlinson cuts the first "sod" at Riverside's development in Stanhope
Riverside, one of the country’s largest social housing providers, marked the start of construction of the first new affordable housing to be built in Stanhope for many years with a sod cutting ceremony attended by Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for housing Durham County councillor, Eddie Tomlinson.
Cllr Tomlinson said “Durham County Council is committed to ensuring more affordable housing is available across the county and we’re delighted that Riverside are building such good quality homes in Stanhope in line with our strategic aims.”
The development which will comprise of twenty three new high quality, energy efficient homes for affordable rent comprising a mix of two, three and three bedroom family houses and two bedroom bungalows, was funded by Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) grant. The development is expected to be completed in August 2014 and will be advertised through the Durham Choice Based Lettings Scheme. Occupancy will be restricted to local people.
Julie Gray, Assistant Director Development said “we are delighted to be building new affordable homes for local people in Stanhope. The current economic climate means there is a high demand for affordable housing in Durham, particularly in rural areas. This development will not only address this need but the local community will also be boosted in terms of job creation and economic activity”..
Barry Smith, Partner Construction stated “We believe that this development meets the needs of present and future generations, and is a high quality built environment with accessible local services that reflects the needs of communities. We look forward to handing over 23 high quality homes to Riverside and indeed the community of Stanhope in about 10 months time. We are extremely confident that all stakeholders will be very happy with the outcome.”