Gleeson Homes plans to develop former Infant School site

Gleeson Homes & Regeneration, part of MJ Gleeson Group Plc, have recently agreed purchase of the fomer Infant School Site at Cockhouse Lane, Ushaw Moor, from Durham County Council.  The firm plans to redevelop the site with a range of 2,3 and 4 bedroom traditional two storey homes for low cost private sale to local people.  All properties will have off street parking, front and rear gardens and built to latest energy efficient standards.

A planning application is expected to be made in Novemeber 2011 with work starting on site in the new year. 

Gleeson would welcome views from the community regarding the proposals and more information can be obtained by visiting  email

Sheltered housing gets support of councillors

A COMPANY’s plan to build warden-controlled sheltered accommodation have won support from councillors despite a neighbouring school’s objections.

Brett Bros wants to build 16 homes at Middlewood House, Middlewood, Ushaw Moor, on land that is designated as Green Belt.

Members of Durham City Council’s development control committee are minded to approve the plan but need the Government Office North-East to give the green light because of the Green Belt issue.

The committee heard that Durham Community Business College objected to the loss of access by its pupils across the site, considering its removal a “health and safety risk’’.

Councillors agreed to the stopping up of a footpath on the land.

North-east housing development enters construction phase

13/01/2009 12:07:45

Construction work has begun on a new housing development in the north-east, the Northern Echo reports.

Developers Keepmoat have formed a partnership with Durham City Council - the Durham Villages Regeneration Company - which will be responsible for the delivery of 29 new properties in Ushaw Moor.

The £2.7 million development will be managed by the Durham Aged Mineworkers' Homes Association and Nomad E5 Housing Association.

Commenting on the project, city council leader Fraser Reynolds told the newspaper: "This new scheme demonstrates our commitment to regenerating the county's former mining villages by developing affordable homes which help keep communities together."

Councillor Reynolds added that 270 homes had recently been made available to those on the housing waiting list.

Chronicle Live reported last week that planning permission had been granted for a new £50 million campus in Ashington.

The campus will form part of the town's regeneration - a large-scale initiative that could create new construction jobs in the north-east.

Keepmoat adapts to new times

A FOCUS on regeneration is helping Keepmoat Homes bounce back from the crisis which rocked the house building industry last year.

Partnership projects with local councils and housing associations to create homes for rent and shared ownership enabled the company to beat its construction goals for 2008/9 (283 properties built against a target of 275).

And, while confidence is returning to the private market, Keepmoat Homes North East remains committed to social housing regeneration.

It has been shortlisted for two major regeneration development opportunities in Newcastle and Gateshead and is in discussion with other local authorities about the provision of new housing stock and mixed tenure solutions.

Managing director Richard Bass said: “Our success in getting through this difficult economic period has been our experience in regeneration and the construction of affordable homes.

“This has enabled us to adapt our business to meet the needs of our local authority and housing association partners and increase the number of properties constructed for them.”

An example is the £2.7m affordable housing scheme in Ushaw Moor near Durham. Delivered by the Durham Villages Regeneration Company (DVRC) – a partnership between Keepmoat Ltd and the local authority – the site features 18 two- bedroom bungalows, four two-bedroom houses and seven three-bedroom homes.

All meet the Government’s new code three environmental standard, which includes high levels of insulation and energy-efficient heating systems, supported by solar panel technology.

The project complements the predominantly private Hunter’s Gate development at the other end of the village – a scheme which contributed significantly to the £20m investment in community facilities made by DVRC.

This includes the award-winning Freeman’s Quay Leisure Centre and swimming pool in Durham City.

Such success has helped Keepmoat Homes develop working relationships with almost all of the region’s local authorities and social landlords.

All this means the company is well placed to take advantage of the returning confidence in the private housing sector. Although visitor numbers are relatively consistent on the same period last year, confidence amongst customers is improving with reservation up over 40%.

This has led to five sites being re-launched in the region, enabling the Tyneside -based firm to increase the number of its sales force.

Lottery cash for community groups

Durham Community Business College in Ushaw Moor, near Durham City, has received over £7,500 to provide six local primary schools with sports coaching, equipment and activities.

School sports co-ordinator Paul Donaghy was pleased that the funding provided what he described as a “wonderful opportunity for children” in the Durham area.

Houses plan for factory site

AN ENGINEERING firm is planning to move its factory and sell the land for housing development.

North East Assemblies intends to relocate from The Works, on Station Road, Ushaw Moor, County Durham, to another site within the Durham district, possibly in Meadowfield.

Durham City Council has granted outline planning permission to build 21 two-storey homes on its current site, which it has occupied since it moved, from Meadowfield, in 1999.

Manager Kathleen McGee told councillors the firm had invested £2.5m in new equipment since the move, but its buildings were old, difficult to heat and inappropriate for its work.

She said the company was looking to move into aerospace engineering and could not remain where it was.

“We have to move with the times. In order to protect the integrity of the company, we need to provide new, modern facilities. The only way we can finance the move is to sell the site.

“The unit itself is now the only manufacturing unit in Ushaw Moor and now doesn’t fit into the village. It sticks out like a sore thumb.

“I know a lot of the local population would like us not to be there. But we’re moving to try to protect a business that’s been running since 1995.”

Councillor Phil Stoddart, who represents New Brancepeth and Ushaw Moor, said: “I welcome this long-awaited report. I know this is a working factory but it’s past its sell by date. There will be no loss of jobs.

“This development will further the regeneration of our ever-improving village.”

The scheme was approved by the committee.

Demolition of Ushaw Moor Working Mens Club

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The Winnings Demolition

Demolition of The Winnnings at Ushaw Moor. Click For LARGER Images

New Approvals – DAMHA

2004/05 saw the start of a number of schemes where Nomad is developing older persons bungalows on behalf of Durham Aged Mineworkers Homes Association under a development partnership agreement.

Ushaw Moor 20 bungalows developed as part of a Haslam Homes private housing project.

Eshwood View, Ushaw Moor
16 Homes
2 Bedroom Bungalows

New build
Full Gas Central Heating
Double Glazing
Optional Warden Call Alarm
Cavity Wall Insulation
Waiting List Length: high
Weekly Charges: £57.00




Housing Development - Former Miners Institute  

Hyperion Homes - Middlewood Mews, Ushaw Moor

An exclusive mews style development of 3 bedroom, 3 storey homes
XL Homes latest development is situated on the locally well known site of the former Miners Institute on Cockhouse Lane. Here we are creating a delightful mews style development of just 15 architect designed three bedroom three storey townhouses, and only one stunning three bedroom detached family home, all designed with style and flair to reflect the needs of today's discerning purchaser.

Metal sculpture adds to street scene improvements

Ornamental Normandy poplar 'trees' are a striking feature of a package of improvements to a County Durham village.

The 'trees' have been commissioned by the City of Durham Council from artist and blacksmith Graham Hopper of Hunwick.

The galvanised metalwork stands over 5m high (about 20ft) and forms an artistic screen to the green.

Ushaw Moor (deerness) Sign

Ushaw Moor Deerness Valley School Sign,
recently erected as part of the Regeneration scheme for Ushaw Moor.

Station Hotel Demolition