MORE than 200 affordable houses in Crook are set to receive improvements as part of a £138m programme.

New roofs will be fitted to 220 properties by believe housing as the latest part of a huge upgrade programme along with new fences, re-pointing and some parking improvements.

The work is designed to improve energy efficiency, make the homes cheaper to run for tenants and ensure high-quality affordable home provision in Crook for decades to come.

Homes in Larchfield Gardens, Laurel Gardens, Lilac Gardens, Roesberry Crescent, Sycamore Gardens and West End Villas are all set to receive the improvement works.

Work is due to start imminently and will take about five months to complete. The refurbishment is being carried out in partnership with specialist contractors ENGIE.

Investment Programme Manager for believe housing, Kim Tillotson, said: “This work will be a major upgrade for all of the homes involved. We’ll be tailoring what we do to each individual property to ensure that they are safe and comfortable for many years to come. We’ll be working closely with tenants and our contractors ENGIE to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum during the refurbishment.”

Hundreds of homes in Bearpark, Brandon, Croxdale, and Peterlee have already received upgrades as part of the ten-year programme by believe housing, formerly known as County Durham Housing Group.