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Affordable homes

Affordable homes

DAMHA is planning to build 24 affordable homes for older people on the site of a former swimming pool in Consett.

Subject to planning permission being granted by Durham County Council, work on the work on the £3.5 million scheme is expected to start in December, or early January 2019, and take 18 months to complete.

The homes would be built on the site of the former Belle Vue Swim Centre site in Consett by our development partner Karbon Homes.

This forms part of DAMHA’s ongoing development programme, which we hope will see a total of 61 new two-bedroom bungalows built in the Durham Coalfield area through 2020.  This represents a total investment of £8.3 million, with grant assistance from Homes England of approximately £1.75m in total.

Paul Mullis, DAMHA Chief Executive. said: “There is a real shortage of high-quality two-bedroom bungalows for older people in County Durham, so this scheme will help to meet the need for homes of this type.

“It is good to provide homes in places where there are growing populations and an elderly element.”

The demolition of Belle Vue Swim Centre got underway in April 2016 following the closure of the facility in summer the year before.

Durham County Council said the site had been earmarked for housing to form part of the funding package required for the new multi million pound academy and leisure centre. The school and sports centre now stand on the former offices of Derwentside District Council and Belle Vue Leisure Centre.

A design and access statement has been produced on DAMHA’s behalf by chartered architect Anthony Watson to explain the plans for the development on Ashdale Road.

It said: “As well as providing good quality homes, this development will undoubtedly provide a range of economic benefits.

“The development of the site will provide construction jobs in the area and will also provide new custom for businesses.”