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Housing development Bishop's Park

(L to R): Kevin Chatterton, Operations Manager with Galliford Try Partnerships North); Maxine Daniel, Senior Sales Executive with Linden Homes; John Gill, Sales Manager with Riverside Home Ownership and David Donkin, Galliford Try Site Manager.


A new housing development has begun on an eight-acre plot in Bishop Auckland. The plot is part of a larger site which was earmarked for housing in 2007. Though planning permission was granted for 500 homes in 2011, the proposal stalled and the site stands undeveloped.

The eight-acre plot, adjacent to Douglas Crescent, includes 99 properties for sale, shared ownership, and affordable rent. It stems from a new partnership between Linden Homes and The Riverside Group, and from grant funding by Homes England’s 2016/21 Affordable Homes Programme. Of the 99 future properties, Linden Homes owns 49 and The Riverside Group owns 50.

Linden Homes’ Sales Director, Tracy Iles, said:  “This is a development which will meet the needs of all those seeking homes in this area.

“There will be two, three and four bedroomed houses for families wanting to buy, those whose budget is more suited to a shared ownership option and people seeking homes with affordable rents.  We can deliver this by working, once again with our partner, Riverside Home Ownership, to create a vibrant and sustainable community on the edge of Bishop Auckland.”

John Gill, Sales Manager with Riverside Home Ownership, added:   “We are thrilled to be working with Galliford Try once again on a development in the North East. Bishop’s Park will provide a range of housing options that will suit many people in the area and so we expect interest to be very high.”

Galliford Try Partnerships North will head construction.

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