Local housing association, North Star Housing Group, plans to bring 10 new, affordable homes to Thornaby on Teesside.

Working with developer, PF Burridge, North Star has submitted a planning application, to Stockton Borough Council, for permission to build two bedroomed houses on a plot of cleared land on Millbank Lane.

If approved, the scheme would be the second development commenced in the borough by North Star in the past twelve months. Work on the first scheme, which includes seven two bedroomed bungalows for over 55’s in Darlington Lane, is now approaching completion.

Burridge, which is building the bungalows, will also develop the new houses in Thornaby, if planners give the green light. The £1.4m project is supported by grant funding from Homes England.

Sarah Fawcett, Head of Development at North Star, said: “After the success of our Darlington Lane development we are very pleased to be working alongside Burridge Construction for a second time. If approved, this scheme will bring ten new homes, available for rent, near to Thornaby town centre. We know that the location will attract a lot of interest from those looking for high quality rented accommodation in this area.”

North Star is a group of housing associations operating across the North East and North Yorkshire, building and renting high quality affordable housing to meet a variety of needs, including specialist supported housing. The group is committed to creating homes and building futures as well as investing in people at every level.

Burridge Construction, which recently celebrated 50 years in business, is expanding into the new rented homes sector, having specialised in refurbishment work and commercial new build.

Commercial Director, Stephen McCoy, said: “We are delighted to have secured these two opportunities to work with North Star as we seek to respond to government driven agenda to increase the number and quality of new homes being built, year on year, addressing our region’s housing shortage.

“This is a very exciting time for us as we invest for growth in order to move to the next level in the sector – becoming a full service construction partner, rather than a building contractor.”

The business – which is based on the Benton Square Industrial Estate in Newcastle but also has a depot in Wakefield, Yorkshire – employs 160 people and has built a sound reputation carrying out refurbishment and repair contracts throughout the North of England for universities, hospitals, housing associations and private sector clients.

*Picture caption: How the development in Thornaby could look.*