A housing development in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, is set to prove quite the milestone for the regeneration partnership delivering the scheme.
The project, which is currently underway, will see Durham Villages Regeneration Company (DVRC) hit a tally of 2,000 homes built since it was founded in 2001.
DVRC is a partnership between Durham County Council and Keepmoat Homes that was established in 2001 to regenerate communities in the region.
By the time the Gibside development is completed in 2020, DVRC will have delivered a total of 2,059 homes across 32 schemes. Of these, 448 will have been allocated for “affordable” rent through local housing associations.
Leader of the county council, Councillor Simon Henig, was joined by the chair of DVRC, Councillor Carl Marshall and ward councillor Linda Marshall, to help get work underway on this latest project, which will deliver 78 two-, three- and four-bedroomed homes.
“I am delighted that DVRC will build its 2,000th home in Chester-le-Street,” said Henig. “These much-needed properties will help meet the growing housing need in the area, while providing work, training and an economic stimulus for the local community.”
Marshall, who chairs DVRC, added: “It is extremely pleasing to see the partnership is continuing to deliver new homes which are within the reach of those living in our small towns and villages, whether renters or buyers.”
Keepmoat Homes’ land and partnerships director for the region, Ian Prescott, added: “It is very satisfying to look back and see what’s been achieved over the years but our focus remains on the future and working with the council to bring forward more developments and homes for local people.”
Main Image: Councillor Carl Marshall, in the digger, with (left to right) Ian Worgan, Keepmoat Homes North East managing director; councillor Simon Henig; councilor. Linda Marshall; and Ian Prescott