Housing minister, Christopher Pincher, has been impressed by an innovative North East residential development; Kirkleatham Green.
At the invitation of Redcar MP, Jacob Young, the minister visited Kirkleatham Green, Redcar to see the progress being made on a 375-home multi-tenure initiative.
The development is being delivered by construction and regeneration specialist Vistry Partnerships North East in collaboration with Simple Life and Beyond Housing with support of Homes England.
Together with another scheme – Bracken Grange, Middlesborough, also being led by Vistry – Kirkleatham Green is one of the first two new build developments in the North East providing homes for private sale, shared ownership, affordable and private rent.
Housing Minister Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP said: “This Government is making progress in delivering much needed homes across the country. Kirkleatham is a fantastic example of a development supporting us in our ambitions to increase the supply of affordable housing so more people in the local area can get on the housing ladder.”
The £61 million development is due to be completed in 2024. Beyond housing will offer 108 homes for affordable rent and shared ownership, whilst Linden Homes – Vistry’s housebuilding devision – will market 187 houses for outright sale with partners Simple Life offering a further 80 homes for private rent.
Sean Egan, Managing Director at Vistry Partnership’s North East, said: “It was encouraging that the minister chose to visit Kirkleatham because it is considered an exemplar housing scheme, which is delivering homes of all tenures at almost four times the pace of a standard housing development. This is being achieved by working with our partners Beyond Housing and Simple Life. The mixed tenure approach has driven a rapid build pace which, in a buoyant market, has also delivered huge sales success for Linden Homes.
“This success has led to the proposals for a further supported housing scheme which brings a new tenure to the development and even more housing. If approved it would create a pretty unique community, catering for a complete cross section of residents. It is a very exciting project of which to be part.”