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Opening event marks the completion of new homes in County Durham

We've officially opened our new development of 25 family homes in Sacriston village centre, with a visit from local MP Kevan Jones. 

Joined by colleagues from across our housing and new homes development team, representatives from Durham County Council and the onsite contractors for the development Able Construction, the event celebrated the delivery of much needed affordable housing to the area. 

On cutting the ribbon, Kevan Jones MP highlighted the importance of developing new, modern homes, which provide an affordable option for residents looking to take the first steps on the property ladder, who want to stay living in the village. 

Kevan said: “I was pleased to join the residents and the Karbon team for the official opening of this exciting development. 

These high-quality houses will make a real difference to the centre of Sacriston, and the families told me how much they are enjoying living in their new homes.   

“The village needs affordable housing, and the discount on rent will hopefully open the door to home ownership for some tenants.” 

Supported by funding from the government’s housing agency Homes England, the new homes have been developed on the site of a redundant sheltered scheme.  

The former Graham Court scheme no longer met the wants and needs of the community and was low in demand, so the decision was taken to demolish the building and replace with families homes which were more in demand. 

All 25 properties, which consist of 10 two bed townhouses, 13 two bed houses and 2 three bed houses, are available for Rent to Buy, a scheme through which rents for the properties are set at 20% less than local market rent, giving residents the opportunity to save the difference for a deposit towards buying the home in the future. 

Paul Fiddaman, Chief Executive at Karbon Homes, joined Kevan for the official opening. 

Paul said: “We are a long-term landlord in the village and we identified there was a shortage of high quality, affordable homes for local families. This influenced the design and new family homes on offer and it’s great to come see them finished and to meet some of the new residents who are benefitting from the redevelopment of the site.” 

As well as the sheltered scheme, the site was also home to a beloved colliery wheel, which stood on the corner of the junction of Durham Road and Plawsworth Road in the village. 

As part of the redevelopment, Karbon worked with Sacriston Parish Council to rehome the wheel outside the Fulforth centre on the Front Street, with the contractor, Able Construction, undertaking the work to move the wheel to its new location. 

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