300 homes plan

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - FRONT PAGE -

AROUND 300 new homes could be built on a derelict site in cen­tral Stock­ton, sup­port­ing 1,000 new jobs in a £160m de­vel­op­ment.

Bar­ratt Homes North East has ac­quired land for a new hous­ing de­vel­op­ment on Nor­ton Road op­po­site the North Shore Academy.

The in­vest­ment will see the house­builder con­struct up to 300 new homes, sup­port­ing 1,000 jobs over the course of the work, with a com­bined di­rect and in­di­rect in­vest­ment of over £160m.

Bar­ratt says the lo­cal econ­omy will “fur­ther ben­e­fit from an ad­di­tional £1.8m per year in house­hold spend”.

The new de­vel­op­ment, named Ju­bilee Gar­dens, is set in a lo­ca­tion of great his­tor­i­cal im­por­tance.

It was the site of the orig­i­nal wagon works to the world’s first pas­sen­ger rail­way line from Stock­ton to Dar­ling­ton, later to be used in the Sec­ond World War for the man­u­fac­ture of mos­quito bombers. Neil Mil­burn, de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor at Bar­ratt Homes North East, said: “We are de­lighted to an­nounce the ac­qui­si­tion of this land at a site with a truly unique his­tory.

“The new de­vel­op­ment is set to make a large con­tri­bu­tion to the lo­cal econ­omy and will be a great ad­di­tion to the area where the de­mand for hous­ing is at an all-time high.

“We’re ex­cited to see Ju­bilee Gar­dens tak­ing shape over the com­ing months, and are look­ing for­ward to ex­plor­ing fur­ther ways in which we can get in­volved with the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

Be­fore any houses are built, Bar­ratt will need plan­ning per­mis­sion from Stock­ton Coun­cil. But once com­plete, the de­vel­op­ment will boast a range of homes in a va­ri­ety of de­signs.

As part of the build, Bar­ratt says it will also in­vest in “ser­vices to ben­e­fit the lo­cal com­mu­nity” as part of a plan­ning agree­ment.

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