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South Seaham Garden Village moves forward after Tolent deals

A 1500-home development has moved closer after a landowner completed three deals.

Tolent has agreed terms with Karbon Homes, Taylor Wimpey and Miller Homes for work at South Seaham Garden Village, in east Durham.

Bosses say 750 homes will be built by Taylor Wimpey and Miller Homes for private market sale, with the remaining 750 a mix of rent-to-buy, shared ownership and affordable rental properties.

Paul Webster, Tolent chief executive, said: “The site has been owned by Tolent for a number of years and we have been working in partnership with Durham County Council to create an ambitious garden village that will provide innovation in the local housing market.

“Approximately half the development will be managed green space, including play areas and a grassed playing pitch lined by a network of over three miles of landscaped paths and cycleways.”

He added Tolent will remain engaged in the project following the sale of the land and has entered into a construction partnership with Karbon Homes to deliver its share of the properties supporting local housing delivery over the next decade.

Sarah Robson, Karbon Homes’ director of development and regeneration, said: “We’re looking forward to bringing 750 much-needed, affordable homes to the area.”

The project also includes a new village centre, which will include a primary school and community facilities.

Russ Hall, Taylor Wimpey North East’s managing director, said: “We are excited to be part of the delivery of another major development in the North East.”

Patrick Arkle, Miller Homes’ North East managing director, added: “We’re excited about South Seaham Garden Village; the scale of the site presents lots of opportunities and we believe it will become a flagship development.”