The scheme will see the first properties released onto the market in early 2021.
Chloe Shakesby

Newly approved £11m residential development could create 50 Durham construction jobs

More than 50 construction jobs could be created as plans for a new £11m County Durham residential development are approved.

The approval will see proposals move forward for 46 three, four and five bedroomed homes, which have been approved by Durham County Council planning department.

The scheme will see the first properties released onto the market in early 2021.

The development will also spearhead an increased contribution to the local economy, as upwards of £1.4m is estimated to be spent in shops and on other community services and facilities as people start to move into the development.

More than 50 new construction jobs could be created as onsite work gets underway, with dozens more supported in associated supply chain and indirect roles including delivery drivers.

Joe Ridgeon, director at North East-based Hedley Planning Services, commented: “This is another important step forward in securing much needed, good quality housing stock for this part of County Durham.

“It’ll be a significant boost to the local economy and as planners, we want to see the creation of good quality housing schemes that leave a long-lasting legacy and provide lovely homes for people.

“We have been adapting to the new normal and this is one of the first approvals in County Durham under the new delegated approval process.

“This involved working with the Council Officers to resolve practical matters and ensure that the permission could be issued.”

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