Placefirst has announced it has submitted a formal planning application for a new Build to Rent scheme in Esh Winning, six miles west of Durham city centre. The £11m proposal – designed to regenerate the existing site and transform it into a vibrant neighbourhood – will include 89 new homes – 54 bungalows which are in high demand in the area and three-bedroom family homes.
Led by developers Placefirst, alongside architect POD Newcastle and landscape architect Southern Green, the proposal submitted to Durham Council is for a two-hectare site which has remained vacant for over 10 years, on the western edge of Esh Winning village.
The planning application outlines the creation of a sustainable residential neighbourhood of high-quality bungalows and three-bedroom family homes. Existing landscape features will be integrated where possible as well as extensive new open space and landscape proposals.
“We’re excited to be submitting our planning application for the Esh Winning development, which will inject life back into this area of the village, creating an inter-generational community of great places that people will be proud to call home. Having worked closely with Durham Council, we are confident that it will build on our success within the North East region where we are establishing a stunning portfolio of developments.”David Mawson, Chief Executive, Placefirst
The Esh Winning village also benefits from good amenities, transport links and excellent access to the countryside – making it an ideal place for both young and older families to settle.
“We have a proven track-record of regenerating areas and turning them into places people love to live and are excited about the transformation we’ll make to this area of Durham through this ambitious, community-focussed development.”David Mawson, Chief Executive, Placefirst
The planned development represents Placefirst’s continued commitment to the family Private Rented Sector within the North East. The developer hopes Esh Winning will follow in the footsteps of other successful Placefirst schemes in the North East – such as ‘The Green’, a radical transformation of three streets of Victorian houses in Hartlepool. This is complemented by the landmark development of 116 homes in Hetton-le-Hole in Sunderland, which is due to be completed by the end of 2021.