Construction is underway on 40 new affordable homes in Crook.
Groundwork has started on a variety of two and three-bed houses and bungalows at West End Villas, in the heart of the town.
The development is being spearheaded by County Durham Housing Group as part of a £30m investment programme to deliver 300 new affordable homes on 17 sites across the region.
Construction is being carried out by leading regeneration specialist Galliford Try Partnerships North, which has contributed £1.2 million to the project from its 2015-18 Affordable Homes Programme (AHP) grant, secured from the Homes and Communities Agency.
All 40 properties will feature high levels of insulation, the latest heating systems and double glazing. They are expected to bring big savings to tenants when compared with older homes, particularly those in the private rented sector.
County Durham Housing Group Head of Development and Commercial Property, Kate Abson, said: “It’s great to see work get underway on this development. These 40 new homes will help to meet the high levels of demand for housing in the Crook area.
“The mix of properties on this site is a great example of what a social landlord can do. Not many private developers build new bungalows, despite the number of people they make an ideal home for.”
Building work is expected to be completed in stages during 2018, with the first families moving in shortly after. All of the new homes in Crook will be available for affordable rent.
Alexandra Ross, Business Development Manager with Galliford Try Partnerships North, said: “Working closely with housing provider partners to improve the quality and choice of homes across the North East is a core aim and we are delighted to have begun work on this exciting project.
“We look forward to completing these modern new homes and seeing the positive benefits they deliver to residents.”