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Placefirst to create ‘multi-generational community’ in £11 million Esh Winning scheme

Plans to create an £11 million, 89-home development have been approved.

Placefirst has seen proposals to transform a derelict two-hectare brownfield site in Esh Winning backed by Durham County Council.

The build-to-rent provider’s plans include 54 bungalows – which bosses say is the largest delivery of such properties in a generation.

Working in partnership with architect POD Newcastle and landscape architect Southern Green, Placefirst says its development will also feature three-bedroom properties, creating “a multi-generational community”.

Work is due to start next year.

Darran Lawless, Placefirst development director, said: “This exciting scheme will build on our success within the North East, where we are establishing a stunning portfolio of developments.

“Our track record of placemaking and building sustainable communities is reflected in our plans for Esh Winning, which will be a significant regeneration scheme, making a lasting and positive impact on the local community.”

Marion Wilson, ward councillor, added: “This development will be a fantastic addition to Esh Winning.

“It’s great to see 54 much-needed bungalows will be brought to the village, along with family housing.”

The Esh Winning development follows previous Placefirst schemes in the region, which include The Green, focused on the transformation of three Victorian streets in Hartlepool, and Scholar’s View, a 116-home new build estate in Hetton-le-Hole, Sunderland, which is due to be finished early next year.