Barratt Mercia appointed for regeneration site

Aspire Housing has appointed Barratt Mercia in an £11.5 million project to build 116 houses, including affordable housing, on land where Charter Road houses previously stood.

Aspire Housing will be consulting with the local community on its plans to build the brand new homes, 29 of which will be for rent and shared ownership, at an open day on 9 June.

The exhibition, which will take place at Ramsey Road Community Centre, from 3pm – 7pm, will inform visitors of Aspire Housing and Barratt’s proposals to provide houses ranging from two bedroom bungalows to four bedroom family homes.

Shared ownership is when buyers purchase an initial 50% share in a property and pay rent on the rest to help them get on the property ladder.

Visitors to the open day will see designs of how the area will be made more attractive, by providing tree-lined pavements and off-street parking, as well as creating an urban square as the central core of the community.

Fifty-nine homes owned by Aspire Housing were demolished earlier this year to make way for the proposed development. The redevelopment has been supported by the former Renew North Staffordshire housing market renewal programme, aimed at transforming Knutton and Cross Heath into a place with a positive reputation both locally and regionally. The aim is to attract new residents to the area as well as make it a benchmark for other regeneration improvements.

The development will continue the transformation of the Knutton and Cross Heath areas of Newcastle into an attractive and desirable place to live, following the success of Mill Rise and Lymebrook Way. Aspire Housing is also already working with Barratt on the current development of Heritage Park, in Silverdale Village, where 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes are being built.

During these developments, PM Training, a leading social enterprise that is part of the Aspire Group, will place young people to train alongside contractors to develop skills that will help get them into employment. Local people will therefore be gaining work experience as well as helping to regenerate their local communities.

Following consultation on the Charter Road site proposals with the local community, an outline planning application will be submitted to Newcastle Borough Council.

Sinéad Butters, Aspire Group chief executive, said: “Aspire is delighted to be working in partnership with Barratt again. This redevelopment continues our transformation of Knutton and Cross Heath, so that local people have excellent quality homes which they want and deserve.”

Andrew Dauncey, from Barratt Mercia said “Our partnership with the Aspire Group will ensure that we provide high quality, cutting edge, mixed developments.”