(Left to right): Richard Bass from Keepmoat Homes, Councillor Steve Nelson, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Community Safety and Mark Dutton, Head of Partnerships and Resources for Thirteen come together for a breaking the ground ceremony at the new development, Norton Park.
Regeneration plans to transform Stockton’s Swainby Road area are gathering pace as construction begins on site.
Stockton Council has signed a development agreement with Keepmoat Homes who will build 174 new two and three-bedroom quality homes.
While the majority of new homes will be for sale, 30 dwellings will be for provided for affordable rent and will be owned and managed by Tristar Homes, which is part of the Thirteen Group.
The new development will be called Norton Park and in recent weeks Keepmoat Homes and Stockton Council have been working with youngsters at North Shore Academy to come up with names for the streets within the estate inspired by nature found in nearby Lustrum Beck.
It is expected that the scheme, which has been supported by the Homes and Communities Agency, will take five years to complete with residents moving into new homes from this summer.
Councillor Mike Smith, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, said: “Progressing the development of the Swainby Road area is part of our continued commitment to regenerate our town centres.
“Once complete this development will provide much-need homes and help bring prosperity and life to the Borough.”
Keepmoat Homes are specialists in bringing brownfield sites back into use and are current partners of Stockton Council on both the successful Mandale Park and Meadow Rise new build developments.
Ian Prescott, Land and Partnerships Director at Keepmoat, said: “Towards the end of last year we sold our last new house on the Mandale Park scheme, which has seen that part of Thornaby transformed in recent years.
“It is great to now move our partnership with Stockton Council forward to create another new quality neighbourhood.
“We believe Norton Park will equal Mandale in terms of popularity and success. It is really well located for the town centre, access to the A19 and Norton High Street and, with North Shore Academy on the doorstep, the scheme offers an excellent opportunity for families seeking to purchase their first home.”
Mark Dutton, Head of Partnerships and Resources for Thirteen, the parent company of Tristar Homes, added: “We have a very strong partnership with Stockton Council and we are delighted to be part of this exciting development alongside the Council and Keepmoat Homes. We look forward to the first local people moving into their new, high quality homes in the very near future.”
Chris Munro, Area Manager at the Homes and Communities Agency, said: “The start of work today is great news for local residents, our £2 million investment has helped ensure that local people have the choice of homes they want and marks another step forward in ensuring there is a real choice of homes for the residents of Stockton.”
For more information on housing regeneration across the Borough visit www.stockton.gov.uk/environmentandhousing