North Star Housing Group has officially opened its first new build scheme of affordable houses in Richmondshire, with 12 local families having now settled into their brand new homes.
The Steadings in Scotton – developed on behalf of Endeavour Housing Association, part of North Star Housing Group – was officially unveiled by Lord Lieutenant Barry Dodd CBE, the Queen’s personal representative in Yorkshire and an experienced local entrepreneur.
Mr Dodd, who unveiled a plaque to mark the grand opening of the Steadings scheme, said: “Having run successful businesses in Yorkshire I know how important it is to support schemes that will create wealth for the area and improve the lives of local people.
“The Steadings will certainly achieve that and full credit must go to North Star and all of the other partners who worked so hard to make this development a reality.”
Angela Lockwood, Chief Executive of North Star Housing Group, said: “We are delighted to welcome all of our new tenants to their homes in Scotton. Having worked in partnership with Scotton and Tunstall Parish Councils, Esh Group and the Homes and Communities Agency on this exciting new scheme, we are proud to be playing a major role in the development of the area.”
“The Steadings helps to address the need for high quality, environmentally friendly rural homes in Richmondshire. We’re also pleased to see that our development activities are bringing added value to the community, with the inclusion of a play park for the enjoyment of local families.”
The £1.6 million project, located two miles from the army barracks at Catterick Garrison, has been a major investment in housing in the Scotton area. The 12 brand new homes have been developed by Esh Property Services for Endeavour Housing Association, with a grant of £573,000 awarded by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
The high quality, attractive homes have been built with environmentally friendly materials and incorporate design features including mobility standard access to front and rear doors, rainwater harvesting systems to reduce water use, and generous parking and garden space. The properties also meet the Secured by Design standard, a flagship UK police initiative launched to improve the security of new-build homes and reduce associated crime.
Alongside the homes, Endeavour has been working with Playdale to develop a brand new playground at the site. The playground has been designed with toddlers in mind and specialist play equipment chosen just for young adventurers.
Thanks to the Rural Housing Enabler – an organisation set up to support the delivery of new high quality housing schemes that meet the needs of local communities and the local environment – building was able to progress in Scotton, and people with a local connection to the area were given priority under the local lettings policy.
Graham Morgan, Divisional Director of Esh Property Services, said: “These lovely new homes have been built to the Code 3 modern construction standard which means they are really energy efficient and low heating costs can be achieved. The Steadings is a great example of partnerships working to build affordable homes for local communities and we are delighted for the families who have moved in and wish them very many happy times in their new homes.”
Colin Dales, Corporate Director at Richmondshire District Council, said: “All partners who worked on the scheme are to be commended for responding to key housing challenges faced by the local community. We are fully behind this development, which offers something different to the current housing provision in the area.”