Believe Housing set to build 96 new homes in County Durham

Two people on a development site in Easington, County Durham.

The North East housing association Believe Housing is set to build almost 100 new affordable homes as part of a £11 million development in Easington in County Durham.

The plans. approved by Durham County Council earlier this year, will see 96 family homes and bungalows built on the former site of the Easington working men’s club on Seaside Lane.

County Durham-based contractor Esh Construction will build the homes, with work on the first phase expected to start this month. It is expected that the project will be complete by the end of summer 2021.

Believe Housing’s development manager, Tom Winter, said: “It’s great to be getting work underway on this really exciting development. This is good news for local people looking for a high quality and affordable home, but also for the construction industry and local businesses at a time when they really need a boost.

“Our whole construction programme is designed to bring affordable housing to communities that really need it. Easington Village is definitely one of those areas, and I’m expecting there to be lots of interest in this project.”

The Seaside Lane project will include 28 two-bedroom houses, 54-three bedroom houses, six four-bedroom houses and eight two-bedroom bungalows. The project will also see a new public open space built at the heart of the new community, creating a ‘village green’ feel.

Once completed, 36 of the new homes will be available for affordable rent, while the remaining 60 will be offered under Believe Housing’s ‘Rent to Buy’ scheme.

The government-backed ‘Rent to Buy’ scheme aims to ease the transition from renting to buying a home by offering tenants a subsidised rent, usually around 20% below market rent. Tenants can then save for a deposit and apply to buy the home within five years.

The homes in Easington Village form just part of Believe Housing’s plans to build more affordable homes. The Seaham-based housing association currently aims to deliver over 750 new affordable homes in the North East of England by 2022.

Laura Devaney, head of land and partnerships at Esh Construction, said: “We are delighted to see this scheme which has been long in the making finally come to fruition. The development is a result of a huge effort from the project team and I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in getting to this point.

“Thanks to our valued and long-standing partnership with Believe Housing and with the support of the local authority and Homes England, we are excited to bring our expertise to these high quality, modern homes where local people can feel proud to live. As always, we will maximise social and economic benefit in the community through procurement of a local supply chain and employing a local workforce.”

Image: Laura Devaney from Esh Construction with Tom Winter from Believe Housing on site in Easington Village. Credit: Believe Housing

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