Work has begun on the construction of 46 much needed new homes in Middlestone Moor, near Spennymoor – the 37th development by the Durham Villages Regeneration Company (DVRC) since its inception 20 years ago.

It will bring the total amount invested by the partnership – between the county council and regeneration specialist Keepmoat – to more than £150 million.

This has delivered almost 1,500 modern homes and contributed to economic and social revival across County Durham, providing jobs and training opportunities.

DVRC Chairman and Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for economic regeneration, Cllr. Neil Foster, was joined by Ian Prescott, Keepmoat’s Land and Partnerships Director to initiate the start of work at Thornvale, which is being developed on the site of the former Middlestone Moor Primary School.

Councillor Neil Foster,  said:  “This scheme ensures that both public and private money is invested into County Durham’s economy, meaning we not only build new houses for local families but create jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities in the process. We’re delighted to get underway on our latest site and look forward to it being just as successful as those that have already contributed towards regeneration across the county.”

Said Ian Prescott:  “This initiative has demonstrated what can be achieved by a forward thinking public/private partnerships.  It has delivered hundreds of new homes for local people which has met local housing demand.  We hope to continue to support Durham County Council in its work.”

The 1.4 acre site, bordered by Durham Street, South View and Highcroft, will provide two and three bedroomed houses for sale with a focus on local first time buyers.

As well as DVRC projects such as Middlestone Moor, Bowburn, Newton Aycliffe and Sherburn Hill, Keepmoat is also delivering new homes for first time buyers at Bishop Auckland and Shotton Colliery.