Bernicia and Karbon Homes are involved as affordable housing partners. Credit: Keepmoat

Keepmoat gets cracking at £37m Heaton Quarter

Work has started at the housebuilder’s 143-home Newcastle development, being delivered with support from Network Rail and the city council.

Keepmoat is keen to push the development, using former rail yard land, as energy-efficient, with homes that will feature PV panels, electric vehicle charging points and bike storage.

Network Rail will also be delivering trackside biodiversity initiatives adjacent to the scheme.

Of the 143 new homes to be built, seven will provide affordable rent homes via Bernicia Housing, and a further 41 will provide rent to buy and other tenures in partnership with Karbon Homes. Fourteen of the homes will also be available to buy through discount market sale.

The two-, three- and four-bedroom scheme includes a biodiversity mosaic corridor between the development and the main East Coast rail line to be maintained by Network Rail for at least 30 years.

The strategy also features a noise attenuation bund that will reduce noise pollution whilst also creating a series of ecological habitats. A series of swales and SUDS basins will be installed throughout the site to accommodate surface water at times of high rainfall.

Ian Worgan, regional managing director at Keepmoat, said: “We’re thrilled to see work start on site at this key regeneration project in this area of the city.

“Heaton Quarter is the ninth scheme in Newcastle upon Tyne that Keepmoat has undertaken in recent years in partnership with the City Council producing around 1,000 new homes and we are looking forward to working with our partners to breathe new life into the disused railway yard and deliver much needed new, energy-efficient homes to local people.”

The site is around 2m from Newcastle city centre, with Chillingham Road the nearest Metro stop.

Robin Dobson, group property director at Network Rail, said: “Heaton Quarter is a great example of how Network Rail can successfully work with public and private partners to unlock  railway land and secure planning to enable the delivery of much needed new homes.

“Working with Newcastle City Council and Keepmoat we can transform this brownfield land, create a new community and introduce additional biodiversity across Network Rail’s estate. This represents an innovative development for Network Rail and a recognition that rail line corridors play a key in biodiversity provision across the UK.”

Keepmoat is something of a specialist in both brownfield work and affordability: almost 70% of its current developments are on brownfield sites and over 70% of its customers are first-time buyers.

Nick Kemp, leader of Newcastle City Council, added: “The council is committed to working with developers and social housing providers to encourage the delivery of good quality homes. This development, which will also help us meet our net zero goals, will see a significant investment to the area and the regeneration of a brownfield site.

“The mixed tenure of the new homes will provide a range of housing options to meet the diverse needs of residents in our city and I look forward to seeing the finished result.”

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