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Bowburn homes nearing completion


Durham Aged Mineworkers’ Homes (DAMHA) and Esh Property Services have built ten two-bedroom bungalows on the site of a former manufacturing site in Bowburn.

The new development, known as The Grange, is just yards away from a ‘sister’ scheme that was completed in 2010 and which saw ten homes being allocated to older people aged 50 and over in housing need.

The scheme is supported by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) under the Affordable Homes Programme.

The scheme is part of a £10.4m grant made to Esh Group by the HCA at the end of 2011 which, overall, will support of contracts valued at over £61m for 541 affordable homes in the North East and Cumbria

Esh Group’s contract was the first of its type to be signed nationally and represents almost 6% of the total funding allocated to the North. DAMHA will take over management of the homes when they are competed in August 2012. The bungalows come with a host of modern, energy saving features, including solar panels that help to heat the hot water.

David Halfacre, Director of Esh Property Services, said: “We are pleased that the first scheme to be completed under our Framework Agreement with the Homes and Communities Agency is with Durham Aged Mineworkers’ Homes.

“These ten houses bring to 54 the total number of homes we have built in the last two years for DAMHA.  We have formed a close working relationship and together we are delivering much needed affordable housing for older people, which is vital to the sustainability of the communities.

We are very much looking forward to starting our next scheme with DAMHA later this year”.

Paul Mullis, Chief Executive of DAMHA, said: “Working in partnership with Esh Property Services we are delighted to be continuing our contribution to the regeneration of Bowburn.

“Due to its proximity to Durham and the A1, there is great demand for housing in the village, and by providing further affordable rented homes we are giving even more local people a chance to live here.

“This will be our first development to be completed under the new Affordable Homes Programme and it is particularly pleasing to work alongside developers like Esh to creating mixed tenure developments of this nature.”

Once completed in August 2012, the homes will be let using a Choice Based Lettings (CBL) scheme known as Durham Key Options. This scheme allocates properties through choice, giving people a greater say in where they live.