WORK is underway to build 143 new homes on a site near the town centre of Stock-on-Tees in County Durham.
The council is collaborating with Keepmoat on the £18.7 million redevelopment to build a mix of two-, three- and four-bedroom houses, along with two-bedroom bungalows on the former Victoria Estate.
The development will also feature open green spaces for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as walkways to nearby shops, bars, restaurants and venues in Stockton.
Planning permission was granted in July 2019 and 20% of the new homes will be provided for “affordable” rent, the council says.
“It is fantastic to see the heavy machinery now on site and work really picking up pace on this site,” said Councillor Nigel Cooke, the borough council’s cabinet member for regeneration and housing.
“This new development will offer people the chance to buy or rent high quality homes that are on the doorstep of Stockton town centre.
“We know we have to rejuvenate our town centres and high streets in different ways and encouraging people to live in or nearby them is key to what we’re trying to achieve.”
Ian Prescott, land and partnerships director at Keepmoat Homes North East, added: “Keepmoat has a fantastic partnership with the council which has resulted in the delivery of almost 1,000 new homes in the borough over the last 15 years.
“We are delighted to now be involved in the revitalisation of the town centre and believe that our new homes meet the demands of buyers who are looking for well located, competitively priced, high quality houses.”