Plans have been revealed for a huge new development of more than 200 homes in Spennymoor.

Developers have acquired an 18-acre plot of land and are in the process of submitting a planning application which would see 214 homes built.

The development, by Countryside Partnerships North East, would include a mix of detached, semi-detached and terraced homes and bungalows.

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It would be based on a plot of land off Whitworth Road, to the town’s west.

Plans are currently being finalised before they are submitted to Durham County Council.

A planning decision for the project, believed to be worth about £50m, is expected towards the end of 2023.

Andrew Rennie, development director with Countryside Partnerships North East, said: “This is a good proposal that would improve the choice and quality of both open market sale and affordable homes in the area.

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“We feel that this mixed tenure scheme - which would also include a selection of homes perfect for first-time buyers alongside larger, family properties - would enhance an already vibrant community, whilst creating valuable job and training opportunities.”

Developers are vowing to spend £1m on improving surrounding transport infrastructure and providing educational opportunities for locals with the creation of 23 apprenticeships for those looking to work in construction.

Countryside Partnerships North East currently has 12 construction sites across the region worth just over £440 million.