Revised Woodhouse Close proposals on show

Updated proposals for 200 new homes in the Woodhouse Close area of Bishop Auckland are set to go on display at a consultation event next week.

The exciting plans have been revised by County Durham Housing Group following initial consultations held during February. They include improvements that will benefit existing residents as well as the development of a variety of new homes to meet demand in the area. Some of the sites proposed for new homes have been amended after constructive feedback from local people.

Residents can find out about the amended proposals from County Durham Housing Group at a further event on Tuesday, 17 April 2018 at Auckland Youth and Community Centre between 2pm and 6pm.

At the session there will be opportunities to see plans in more detail as well as speak to the team behind the development.

The development continues to propose a variety of types of homes in order to best meet the needs of the Bishop Auckland area. A mixture of wheelchair adaptable bungalows for affordable rent, plus two, three and four-bedroom family homes for sale are being proposed. The homes for sale are likely to be built in conjunction with a yet to be decided private sector developer.

County Durham Housing Group is developing the proposals in partnership with Durham County Council. Funding has been secured from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to develop the plans which local residents are now being asked to give views on.

County Durham Housing Group Head of Development and Commercial Property, Kate Abson, said: “The feedback we’ve had so far has been very helpful. It has allowed us to improve our proposals and I’m looking forward to discussing the updated plans with local people again.

“We’re committed to improving the Woodhouse Close area for existing residents as well as providing new homes to meet demand.”

Woodhouse Close is also one of County Durham Housing Group’s priority areas for 2017/18, which means that extra support and funding is being provided to assist local residents with training, education and employability.

More information about the consultation event is available by calling 0800 083 0333 or emailing

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