Plans for new homes given green light

Plans to replace outdated bungalows with 37 new homes near Chester-le-Street have been approved.

Chester-le-Street housing provider, Cestria Community Housing submitted the application to replace 36 one bedroom bungalows on a 1.3 hectare site on Vicarage Close and The Garth in Pelton. The development will consist of 21 two-bedroom bungalows and 16 two-bedroom semi-detached homes.

As part of the development, Cestria is contributing an additional £16,000 to improve play facilities in the area.

The development will become Cestria’s fifth brand new housing scheme across the district and will help to meet the needs and demands of the area’s elderly population by replacing poor outdated vacant homes into high quality modern homes.

Each energy efficient home will be designed to the Government’s Code for Sustainable Homes level 3 and will include energy and environmental features such as improved insulation in walls, windows and the roof, recycling waste management measures and energy efficient heating systems.

Martin Warhurst, managing director of Cestria Community Housing, said:

“We are pleased that our plans to develop 37 new homes have been approved and this further strengthens our commitment to provide high quality, modern housing in Chester-le-Street.”

“The development will not only provide much needed homes in the area but will also boost the local economy through the creation of construction jobs and jobs that will be created across the whole supply chain. The news that plans have been approved for this development come on the same day we have just completed a brand new housing development of 14 two-bedroom homes at Primrose Crescent in the village of Bournmoor.”

Durham County Council Cllr. Jim Cordon who represents the Pelton ward commented:

“This is fantastic news not only for the district but also our local community here in Pelton. I am delighted for Cestria that planning has been approved to replace these existing empty bungalows into brand new, high quality modern homes for older people.”

“The work that Cestria has achieved since it was established is staggering and residents have commented to me the quality of the accommodation and standard of living that they provide. I am looking forward to seeing this new development get underway which will also help older people to live longer.”

When complete, all homes at Vicarage Close and The Garth will be managed by Cestria Community Housing and will be offered to the market at an affordable rent level. The architect is JDDK and work is expected to get underway in March 2015.