Placefirst receives planning for Durham BTR scheme

Placefirst receives planning permission for its £11m Build to Rent scheme in Esh Winning, Durham – spanning two hectares.

CGI of £11m Durham BTR scheme to be delivered by Placefirst | BTR News
CGI of Placefirst’s £11m Durham BTR scheme.

Build to Rent provider – Placefirst – has received planning permission by Durham County Council for an £11m residential Build to Rent development in Esh Winning, Durham. The development is six miles west of Durham city centre, and will transform a two-hectare brownfield site that has been derelict for over a decade.

Placefirst, in partnership with architect POD Newcastle and landscape architect Southern Green will deliver a total of 89 high-quality homes – a mix of bungalows and three-bedroom properties, to create a multi-generational community. The scheme will deliver 54 bungalows – the largest delivery of bungalows in a generation.

“We are delighted that Durham County Council has approved our plans to transform this previously derelict site into a high-quality sustainable neighbourhood, with much needed new homes for the local area. This exciting scheme will build on our success within the North East where we are establishing a stunning portfolio of developments. 

“Our track record of placemaking and building sustainable communities is reflected in our plans for Esh Winning, which will be a significant regeneration scheme, making a lasting and positive impact on the local community. We look forward to starting work onsite in 2022.” 

Darran Lawless, Development Director, Placefirst

As regeneration specialists, Placefirst’s commitment to placemaking and sustainability is showcased through the creation of unique areas of open space and landscaping, which integrate existing high value trees and Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS).  The homes will also be modern and energy efficient, minimising fuel bills for residents.

All Placefirst homes and neighbourhoods are specifically designed and built for quality private rental. Esh Winning is no different, and the development is also set to provide a boost to the village, benefiting local services, businesses and amenities. The site’s proximity to the open countryside and green space will be attractive to new residents, as well as being within short commuting distance to key areas of employment. 

“This development will be a fantastic addition to Esh Winning. It’s great to see that 54 much needed bungalows will be brought to the village along with family housing. This development will help support and retain local businesses and bring economic benefit to the area.”

Ward Councillor Marion Wilson

The planned development represents Placefirst’s continued dedication to the single family housing Build to Rent market, and builds on their strong track record of delivering other schemes including The Welsh Streets in Liverpool and Sky Edge in Sheffield.

Esh Winning will also follow in the footsteps of other successful Placefirst schemes in the region, such as The Green, a radical transformation of three streets of Victorian houses in Hartlepool, and the hugely popular Scholar’s View, a 116 home new Build to Rent neighbourhood in Hetton-le-Hole in Sunderland, which is due to be completed in early 2022.