DAMHA has developed 24 two-bedroom bungalows at Steel Street, Consett, now known as Shotleyfield View.
They were opened recently by Lady Elsie Robson. Her late husband, Sir Bobby Robson performed a similar opening for the Association in Gilesgate in 2001. DAMHA have made a donation to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation,
The homes have now all been let to people in housing need aged 50 and over, and feature solar panels which capture the sun’s energy to help to heat the water in the homes. As well as the solar panels, the properties all have underground tanks that capture and recycle water so it can be used to flush toilets.
Lady Robson was given a tour of the property of 67-year-old Norma Savage, who described her home as “my little heaven.”
Declaring the development open, Lady Robson said: “It is with great pleasure that I officially open Shotleyfield View. My husband opened a scheme for DAMHA in 2001, so it is nice to be able to continue this tradition.
“The houses are beautiful and I was made to feel very welcome by everyone at DAMHA and also by Norma who showed me around her home, which she is rightfully proud of.
“I am extremely thankful for the donation to the Foundation and for the kind words of encouragement for the work we are doing, which is gratefully appreciated.”
DAMHA Chief Executive Paul Mullis said: “We are extremely honoured to have had Lady Robson opening such an important development for us.
“This is one of our biggest affordable schemes in recent history and it has played an important part in helping to meet the local demand for spacious, high quality bungalows of this nature.”
DAMHA) developed the homes in partnership with Durham County Council, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and specialist affordable housing contractor Esh Property Services. The HCA provided support funding of £1.2 million towards the scheme.
All the properties have been allocated to people on Durham County Council’s housing waiting lists and the sale of the Steel Street site to DAMHA has also allowed the council to provide replacement allotments at nearby Blackhill