A HOUSING association says it has invested more than £20m into homes across the region after delivering a 30- plus property scheme.

Karbon Homes has completed work on houses at Lonnin Gardens, in Pelton, near Chester-le-Street, which bosses say means it has now delivered more than 200 affordable properties and gone beyond the milestone financial figure.

They added the operator, formed through a venture between Derwentside Homes, Newcastle’s Isos Housing and Cestria Community Housing, is now starting work on another 600 properties.

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The association previously revealed plans to build 2,400 homes over the next four years, and Paul Fiddaman, chief executive, said he is happy with its progress.

He said: “I’m really pleased with the pace we’re setting, and the Pelton project is a great example of the approach we take.

“We have provided a smart new development of highspecification homes where residents can live comfortably.”

Mr Fiddaman began his career at Sunderland AFC, but moved into housing after joining the board of a social landlord while at the club.