The scheme includes semis and detached homes. Credit: via Hedley Planning Services

Plans in for County Durham bungalows

Backed by Homes England, housing groups Karbon Homes and Durham Aged Mineworkers’ Homes Association want to deliver 43 affordable homes off Salters Lane in Trimdon.

Advisor Hedley Planning Services said that the proposals provide a much-needed boost to local housing stock, being welcomed by the local community at a public consultation event.

The scheme, on land to the west of Salters Lane, includes detached and semi-detached homes and is backed by national housing body Homes England.

Lea Smith, head of land and partnerships at Karbon Homes, said: “We’re pleased to be submitting this exciting planning proposal for new affordable bungalows in Trimdon, bringing much-needed accessible and adaptable homes to the village which enable local people to remain living independently for longer.

“Twenty of the bungalows will be managed by ourselves and 23 will be managed by Durham Aged Miners Homes Association and kept exclusively available for residents over 55. We have a strong working relationship with DAMHA and look forward to partnering with them to bring this scheme to fruition.”

A key feature of the scheme will be off-site highways improvements, including speed humps to reduce speeds through the village and a new pedestrian crossing, designed to improve road safety, offer safer site access and deliver a range of new amenities and services for local people.

There will also be parking spaces for residents’ vehicles and 14 visitor bays together with new street landscaping and replacement tree planting, planned as part of a submission that is expected to be considered by Durham County Council this December.

If it gets the green light, construction work could follow shortly after with the first phase of homes available in July 2025.

Through a strategic partnership with Homes England, Karbon has secured funding to deliver 2,220 new affordable homes across the North East and Yorkshire by 2028.

Alex Franklin, senior planner at Hedley Planning, said more affordable housing was urgently needed to meet demand:

“We are working with Karbon Homes and the planning authority to bring forward a quality affordable property development that will meet local community needs,” he said, “with a mix of property types and sizes to provide options for residents at varying stages of life.

“Our plans for Trimdon will be good news for local people, who are keen to get on the housing ladder or move up the property ladder in places where they want to live and build communities.”

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