Durham County Council are set to work in partnership with Tolent to build a ‘Garden Village’ in South Seaham
Located close to the A19, Dalton Retail Park and the coast, the garden village will provide a stunning setting for residents in a highly accessible location.
The village will provide housing for; first time buyers and renters, families, empty nesters, and retirees.
Developed and managed by North East Home Group, there will be 750 affordable homes on offer in the village.
The other 750 will be built by private developers.
Shops, Cafés and a primary school with sports facilities will decorate the heart of the village, alongside a park and village square, housing for the elderly and a community hub with space for a gym.
The village centre will also include a new innovation hub for business space to be used by the region’s universities as well as new and existing businesses.
The garden’s extensive green space will include; vast parkland, a football pitch, a bowling green, play areas and allotments, linked by a network of more than 4.75km of landscape paths and cycleways.
Working with Professor Roy Sandbach and the National Innovation Centre for Ageing at Newcastle University and Northumbria University, the proposals have been designed to create a national and international exemplar of a sustainable community.
The University of Northumbria’s School of Nursing is also heavily involved in bringing health innovations to the garden village and have worked on designs to include digital technology which will help to elevate social isolation.
The scheme has been project managed by Plan B Housing, designed and developed by IDPartnership with planning consultants Peacock & Smith.
Work is due to commence on site in the summer of 2019 with the first new homes being available in early 2020.