A HOUSING developer has revealed how dozens of new affordable homes – including apartments for the over 50s and bungalows - will look if it secures planning permission to build them in a County Durham village.

The proposals from Karbon Homes would see 107 affordable homes developed on the site of the former Roseberry Sports Community College, in Pelton, to the north of Chester-le-Street.

It wants to build 68 rent-to-buy properties, with their own private amenity space to rear, as part of the regeneration project along with 31 apartments for over 50s living and eight bungalows.

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The multi-million-pound scheme comes as the Government continues to push for the delivery of new properties to meet the chronic housing shortage and arrest the decline in the affordability of home ownership.

It also wants to relieve the pressure on the social rented sector, which has prompted the growth in private renting.

Lea Smith, development manager at Karbon Homes, said: “We know there is a need for more affordable housing in the area and we’ve designed a development that meets the needs of the local community, with a mix of property types and sizes to provide options for residents at varying stages of life.

“This includes apartments for over 55s and bungalows for rent, to help combat the shortage of accessible homes for older residents in the area, alongside family homes, available through affordable tenures to help those who might otherwise struggle to get onto the property ladder.”

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Karbon Homes would see 107 affordable homes developed on the site of the former Roseberry Sports Community College in Pelton to the north of Chester-le-Street Pictures: KARBON HOMES

A planning application how now been submitted to Durham County Council and will be available to view on the council's planning portal once it has been validated, by searching for DM/22/00195/FPA.

If it gets the green light in spring 2022, onsite building work is expected to start this autumn with the first phase of properties expected to be available by spring 2023.

Karbon estimates that the development could see an estimated 125 construction and supply chain jobs created.

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Former pupils of Roseberry College returned to bid farewell to the building before it was demolished Picture: THE NORTHERN ECHO

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The cleared site Picture: THE NORTHERN ECHO

Joe Ridgeon, director of North East planning specialists Hedley Planning Services, who submitted the plans to Durham County Council planning department, said: “The proposed development would provide the clear benefit of creating new affordable housing for local people and creating a strong sense of community.

“As planners, we want to see the creation of exciting and rewarding housing schemes in the North East region that leave a long-lasting legacy.

“This one will undoubtedly see a real positive change in this part of County Durham and should be welcomed.”

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Joe Ridgeon, director of North East planning specialists Hedley Planning Services Picture: KARBON HOMES


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