THE first phase of new homes as part of the redevelopment of Lambton Park, near Chester-le-Street, has reached a major milestone as the first buyers move in.

Once complete the Miller Homes development will include 106 high-quality three, four and five-bedroom homes along with one, two and three-bedroom apartments.

The homes have been designed to be in keeping with the heritage of the estate which stretches back to the 11th century.

Design features include red brick detailing, sash windows and decorative ridge tiles inspired by existing residential properties.

The overall project was granted planning consent for new homes, offices, retail and community space, as well as conservation works which includes the restoration of Lambton Castle, its stables, and Lamb Bridge.

Public footpaths in the previously private park will also be opened up for walks.

Andrew Somerville, sales director at Miller Homes North East, said: “For us at Miller Homes it’s truly special being able to give people the chance to move into the incredible setting that is Lambton Park.

“It is unlike any of our developments in the North-East, from its history to the unique style of homes.

“Seeing the first buyers in their new home is a huge milestone and we wish them many happy years there.”