Plans to build 200 new homes in the Woodhouse Close area of Bishop Auckland have received support from local residents following a consultation event.
The proposals from believe housing and Durham County Council were discussed with local people during an event at Auckland Youth and Community Centre on Tuesday, 17 April. More than 40 residents came along to talk to officers and learn about how the plans have been revised following initial feedback earlier this year.
A variety of types of new homes are proposed to best meet the needs of Bishop Auckland alongside other improvements to Woodhouse Close aimed at existing residents.
The updated plans include a mixture of wheelchair adaptable bungalows for affordable rent, plus two, three and four-bedroom family homes for sale. The homes for sale are likely to be built in conjunction with a yet to be decided private sector developer.
Feedback from the event will now be taken into consideration before the first planning applications are submitted later this year. It is expected that bungalows for affordable rent will be constructed first, while discussions with prospective developers for the two, three and four-bedroom houses take place.
believe housing Development Manager, Tom Winter, said: “It was great to talk about the proposals with so many people from Woodhouse Close. Support for the scheme is strong, particularly the affordable bungalows, which local people clearly feel there is a real need.
“We’ve had a lot of useful feedback from local residents throughout the process and it will really help us to develop planning applications for the first homes later this year.”
Woodhouse Close is also one of believe housing’s priority areas, which means that extra support and funding is being provided to assist local residents with training, education and employability.