A computer-generated animation showing how a new development of homes in County Durham will look once complete has been released.

The first homes have been released for sale at Bellway’s new Hedworths Green at Lambton Park development near Chester-le-Street.

Bellway’s Durham division is building 145 new homes on the historic country estate, which is the ancestral seat of the Earls of Durham.

The Northern Echo: How some of the 145 homes in Chester Le Street will lookHow some of the 145 homes in Chester Le Street will look (Image: BELLWAY)

Alongside the news of the homes, an image of how the estate could look in the future has been released - showing the range of three, four and five-bedroom houses.

Hayley Teasdale, Sales Manager for Bellway Durham, said: “This is an extraordinary location and a genuinely unique opportunity for anyone who is looking for a modern home in historic surroundings.

“There was understandably a lot of interest at the launch as I think many people have been taking a keen interest in the plans here and love the idea of living on the Lambton Estate.

“Our new residents will also be able to make the most of the beautiful walks and footpaths on the estate. It is an idyllic spot.

She added: “However, as well as being a beautiful heritage location, it is also highly practical with good road links and easy access to important urban centres in the region. It’s just a few minutes’ drive from the A1 which means Newcastle is around half an hour away and you can get to Durham in around 15 minutes.

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“The development is also only two miles from Chester-le-Street town centre and a 25-minute drive from Gateshead’s Metrocentre, which is great for shopping and entertainment.”

Bellway’s plans for Hedworths Green include a café building overlooking the village green which will include a traditional-style butter cross. 

The development just off the A183 Chester Road is on land that was once the site of the Lambton Lion Park – an attraction that had lions, hippos, giraffes, elephants, and zebra on show, and attracted many tourists in the 1970s.