Construction work has started on the vacant site of a former school in Fenham which is set to be given a new lease of life.

Bellway North East is building 39 new homes on the site of Grange Road School, transforming this brownfield site – which had been disused for nearly a decade – into a new residential community.

The development, which will be known as The Grange, will comprise a collection of four and five-bedroom detached homes laid out around an attractive area of open space and accessed from Grange Road.

Bellway’s plans for the development were approved by Newcastle City Council in May 2019. As part of the planning agreement, the housebuilder is making significant investment in the local area.

The development will also benefit from public open space being provided on the site, while money from the sale of the land will help fund local sport improvements.

Bellway North East Head of Sales Chris Lawson said: “We have now started work on site at The Grange and are looking forward to releasing the first properties for sale this summer.

“We’ve received a great deal of interest in the development so far, as this is a very rare chance for people to buy a new-build detached home just three miles from Newcastle city centre.

“Purchasers at The Grange will instantly become part of a smart, well-established residential area, with plenty of local facilities close by, including shops and schools.

“The interest we’ve had so far has been down to the amazing location of the development, both from local people and those searching for a home in the city from further afield.”

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