Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Associations Work Together to Renew Estate

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Associations Work Together to Renew Estate

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Two of the region's longest established and most active housing associations have come together to form a new development partnership that will deliver new affordable homes in former coal mining areas in the region.

The partnership between Tyneside-based Nomad Housing Group and Durham Aged Mineworkers Homes Association (DAMHA) is believed to be the first of its type to be formally signed by two associations in the North-East.

Nomad will develop all of DAMHA's new housing schemes - with legal ownership being transferred between the two organisations on completion of building works.

The first project secured by the partnership is the regeneration of the Whitehills estate at Pelton Fell, near Chester-le- Street. A consortium formed by Nomad, DAMHA, housebuilder Bellway and construction training company, Carillion Training has recently been selected by the local council to progress a pounds 23m project comprising 250 new homes, of which around 100 will be built for local people.

Ian Prescott, Nomad's development director and deputy chief executive, explained: "The Government has recently signalled its intentions to award housing grant to a much smaller number of housing associations in the future.

"Their strategy is to only fund high-performing development teams who provide high standard homes at a very competitive price.

"The new partnership with DAMHA strengthens our position as the region's leading developer of new affordable homes for both rent and sale."

The partnership is likely to involve Nomad constructing 150 new bungalows for DAMHA over the next three years, at a total cost of around pounds 14m.

Coupled with Nomad's own development programme, a total of almost 700 new homes are proposed at a cost of around pounds 65m, in an area stretching from Berwick in the North, to Teesside in the South and Carlisle in the West.

Roy Ashton, Nomad's chairman commented: "All housing associations wising to develop new affordable homes for local people, currently face a tremendous challenge. …

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