Home sweet home at new Darlington development

A number of delighted residents have been given the keys to their spacious new homes, part of the final phase of a development on the site of a former Darlington school.

Glebe Road Housing Welcome


In total there are 34 properties for affordable rent and shared ownership on Glebe Road and Celan-dine Close - part of the Woodland View scheme in the Harrowgate Hill area of the town.

Tees Valley Housing, part of the Thirteen Group, has created energy efficient new builds with high quality security measures on the site, which meets a specialist security standard endorsed by po-lice.

The £3.9m development, including a Homes and Communities Agency grant of £745,000, is located in the grounds of the former Beaumont Hill Middle School which was demolished a decade ago.

It consists of 10 two bedroom houses and four three bedroom houses for shared ownership along-side two two bedroom apartments, 11 two bedroom houses, five three bedroom houses and two four bedroom houses.

A number of the homes are still available on a shared ownership basis; an affordable way to take a step onto the property ladder. It means people can buy a share of the property and rent the rest, buy-ing more shares as they can afford to and eventually owning the home outright if they wish.

Janet Lawson, who has been a Tees Valley Housing tenant for almost 16 years, recently moved into one of the rental properties; a two bedroom flat with its own secluded garden.

“My previous property was too big for me so I’m absolutely delighted with my new home. It’s still light and very airy,” explained Mrs Lawson, 62, who works in customer care at a Stockton SureStart cen-tre.

“I have arthritis so the stairs in my old house were causing me problems whereas this is perfect. My grown-up children are happy that I’m happy and I’ve settled in so well - this is a fresh start for me.”

Ummar Hanif, Neighbourhood Manager at the Thirteen Group, added: “Many people aren’t aware of the vast range of properties that we offer from outright ownership to shared ownership and market rental.

“This development is a prime example of that - these high quality homes provide more than just a place to live, it’s a lifestyle.

“They are so close to local amenities as well as the A1 motorway, and London and Edinburgh are just two hours away by train. This is an amazing place to call home.”