New affordable homes in Wheatley Hill are next on the agenda for DAMHA.
We are investing £3.36 million in the 23 two-bedroom bungalows in the centre of the village, which is situated near Peterlee.
The homes are being built on grassed land at Meadow View which used to have rows of terraced housing that were demolished in the 1980s.
Housebuilder Dere Street Homes is building the homes on behalf of DAMHA and completion is expected by October 2021.
The scheme forms part of DAMHA’s ongoing strategy to address the shortage of new, two-bedroom bungalows in the region.
Paul Mullis, Chief Executive of DAMHA, said: “Across the North-East, and the UK in general, there is a real shortage of high-quality bungalows for older people, despite an ageing population.
“All the new homes we build in former coalfield communities are bungalows and are aimed at addressing the needs of older people, and this new development in Wheatley Hill is no exception.
“All the bungalows provide two bedrooms with generous kitchen and living spaces, but they can also be adapted to meet potentially changing needs, offering the scope for people to remain in their homes for as long as possible, thereby reducing the pressure on health and social care systems.”
Sean McQuaid, Managing Director of Durham-based Dere Street Homes, said: “We’re delighted to be working with DAMHA and hope this is just the first of many successful collaborations.
“This will see a former housing site rejuvenated with homes that target a very specific and real need in the area.”
Cllr Kevin Shaw, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for strategic housing and assets, said: “This is a fantastic development which will be a huge help in meeting the demand for affordable, stylish and easily accessible bungalows for older people.
“We have worked very closely with the developer on this site which demonstrates our continued commitment of the delivery of new housing as set out in our Strategic Housing Plan.
“I’m sure that the homes will be highly sought after when they become available.”
Cllr Lucy Hovvels MBE, Durham County Council Cabinet member for adult and health services, said: “Providing more homes which meet the specific needs of the elderly and disabled is a key commitment we have made as an authority and I am delighted that this development will provide these types of homes here in Wheatley Hill.”
Each home will have a designated parking space, along with five visitor bays for the scheme. The properties will all have gates communal rear lawned gardens, with a garden shed and patio.
The development will be called ‘Nicholls Close’, named after well-known local councillor Morris Nicholls who represented Wheatley Hill on Durham County Council for over three decades before his death in 2017.
Homes England, the body which funds affordable housing in England, is contributing £803,362 to the cost of the scheme.