Plans have been drawn up for 450 new homes in Sedgefield, County Durham, as part of a development blueprint for the area that also includes an extra care scheme and a range of community facilities.
Investment business ESRG is proposing a range of 218 executive, family and affordable properties be constructed alongside a 60-bed retirement complex situated off Beacon Lane.
A further 232 homes would be built off Salters Lane, the sale of which would fund new education, health and training facilities, including the likes of a GP or dentist surgery.
A new contemporary commercial facility accessed from Salters Lane, meanwhile, would likewise provide a business hub for nurturing entrepreneurial talent and delivering specialist skills training.
Designed with support from Gateshead’s Gradon Architecture and the Newcastle-based Haylock Planning and Design, the proposals are designed to meet identified needs in the town.
David Evans, director of ESRG, said: “Sedgefield and its surrounding area is a growing, as well as ageing population.
“Demand for affordable housing is high, with increased pressure on current education and health facilities.
“At the same time, the town and its surrounding borough is also set to play a key role within County Durham’s economic future.
“Along with the arrival of hundreds of new jobs at Hitachi’s Rail Europe plant in Newton Aycliffe, the nearby North East Technology Park will continue to attract and drive inward investment opportunities towards the area.
“This means that more and more people will be looking to live, work and raise their families in the town.
Residents are invited to a public consultation on the blueprint at Sedgefield Racecourse on Wednesday, May 7, and Monday, May 12, from 3-8pm
They will also receive a newsletter with more information and those unable to attend the consultation can submit views by calling freephone 0800 148 8911.
Graham McDarby, design director at Gradon Architecture, said: “Our plans will retain Sedgefield’s unique community feel, while delivering sustainable growth that is environmentally sensitive to the surrounding area.
“The public consultation event will give residents and local businesses their chance to feedback on our designs.”