Newly-established housing provider Karbon Homes has started work on the second phase of a brand new affordable housing scheme in Nettlesworth, Chester-Le-Street.
Phase two of The Green includes 19 two-bedroom family homes for rent and is an extension of an existing development of 24 homes.
The £2.27m phase two development led by main contractor Galliford Try Partnerships North East, complements the first phase of eight two-bedroom bungalows and 16 two-bedroom homes that were completed in March 2015, bringing the total number of new homes for The Green development to 43 and a total investment in the area of £6.17m.
Karbon Homes was formed through a merger of Cestria Community Housing and Isos Housing with Derwentside Homes and started trading as one business earlier this month.
The new scheme will again provide much-needed affordable homes for the area and is being built on land, transferred by Durham County Council.
The Homes and Communities Agency has awarded a grant of £608,000 for the scheme, and the new energy efficient homes will include features such as improved thermal efficiency of walls, windows and roofs, and waste recycling measures.
Each two-bed home will also benefit from a garden, bin storage, a clothes drying area and car parking for residents and their visitors.
Zoey Hawthorne, Assistant Director of Development and Property at Karbon Homes, said: “This is a significant milestone for Karbon Homes as we are committed to providing much-needed, high quality affordable homes for local families across the North East. Our aim is to build more than 500 new homes each year to rent or buy and this is one of our first schemes to get underway.
“There was high demand for these properties after we completed phase one and we are confident this scheme will be just as popular.
“Karbon Homes is helping to address the demand for affordable homes in Chester-le-Street and work is due to complete in August, also by Galliford Try Partnerships North East, on the former Mendip House care home site close to the centre of town. This will see the development of two new-build apartments and 20 family homes while work has also recently finished on converting three communal buildings located across the district into new bungalows.”
Sara Holmes, Development Director with Galliford Try Partnerships North East, said: “We are delighted to be working again with a valued partner – albeit Karbon is now a larger and more influential organisation in the sector. We share its aims of improving the quality and choice of homes of all tenures across the region.”
The Green is the first of four sites scheduled to be developed for affordable homes by Galliford Try Partnerships North East in the next few weeks. Construction is expected to begin soon on projects at Brotton in Redcar and Cleveland and Esh Winning and Crook in County Durham.
Phase two of The Green is expected to be completed early 2018 with new tenants expected to be moved in in early spring.