Housing Minister, Christopher Pincher, has been impressed by our large scale mixed-tenure residential development model being pioneered by Partnerships North East.
At the invitation of Redcar MP, Jacob Young, he visited the construction site on the edge of the seaside town, to see the 375-home project being delivered in collaboration with Beyond Housing, Sigma Capital plc and with support from Homes England.
Kirkleatham Green is one of only two new build developments in the North East providing homes for outright sale, shared ownership, affordable and private rent. The other, Bracken Grange in Middlesbrough, also being led by Vistry Partnerships.
Following his tour, the Rt. Hon. Christopher Pincher 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 – our housebuilding division – will market 187 houses for outright sale, with partners Sigma Capital plc offering a further 80 homes for private rent through its Simple Life brand.
In addition, subject to planning consent, a £12 million supported housing village could be underway before the end of this year. This would comprise 75 homes for residents living with varying care needs, including 45 one and two bedroomed apartments in a single block, 12 two bedroomed apartments with their own front doors, 12 one bedroomed self-contained houses and six two bedroomed bungalows.
Sean Egan, Partnership’s North East Managing Director, 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. The mixed tenure approach has driven a rapid build pace which, in a buoyant market, has also delivered huge sales success.
“This success has led to the proposal for the supported housing scheme, which brings a further 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.”
The additional supported living village, a concept developed with Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council’s adult services team, is designed to meet an established need for flexible accommodation that allows vulnerable people to live independently. Alongside the homes, it would include a range of functions to help the community come together, such as a social space with a refreshments area, salon, shop, office space for support teams and communal gardens.