Middlesbrough Herald & Post

300 homes plan

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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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