Keepmoat Homes secures planning consent for £12m Healthy New Towns housing

23 October 2017

Housebuilder Keepmoat Homes has been given the go-ahead by Darlington Borough Council to deliver 81 new homes in Red Hall, injecting an impressive £12m in to the neighbourhood.

The recently approved plans for the site on McMullen Road will deliver much-needed housing in the area, comprising of two and three-bedroom affordable family homes.

Work is due to start on site in December with the pathfinder site being just one of ten in the country which has been selected for the NHS’s ground-breaking ‘Healthy New Towns’ HNT initiative; with the objective of building health into the design of new and regenerated communities, in order to improve the wellbeing of residents and the wider community.

The initiative addresses five key areas including: health & wellbeing, connecting communities, smart housing & building, healthy environment and engaged community planning. The key areas aim to bring creative solutions for the health and care challenges of the 21st century, including obesity, dementia and community cohesion.

As well as the objectives of HNT initiative influencing the masterplan of the site, each dwelling in the Keepmoat development will also be built to Lifetime Homes Standard, enabling homes to be adapted to the changing needs of residents over their lifetime and allowing independence for as long as possible. The following are just a few of the special measures incorporated in order to meet this standard: on plot parking, ground floor layout arranged for wheel chair turning, accessible WC’s which are capable of conversion to shower rooms, wide stairways to allow for a chair lift, first floor joists arranged to accommodate through floor lift, master bedroom and bathroom arranged to facilitate hoist, plywood panels within wet rooms to enable grab rails to be fitted, and windows which allow a view from a sitting position.

Ian Prescott, Land and Partnerships Director for Keepmoat Homes said:

“We are delighted to have secured planning consent for the this innovative Healthy New Towns project. We will be delivering a brand new house type range which allows for easy adaption and alteration as resident needs change over time. Our aim is to leave a positive and lasting legacy in the neighbourhood and set a new bench mark for volume house builder design.“

Hilary Hall, project manager for Healthy New Towns Darlington, said:

"This is a major boost for Red Hall and the wider community - which is set to benefit greatly from not only the additional housing but also the Healthy New Towns initiative, which will improve the wellbeing of residents for years to come" The first of the 81 new homes is forecast to be completed in Summer 2018."

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