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128 new homes for Loftus

Site works are progressing on a development which will deliver 128 new homes at Hummersea Hills, Loftus.

Beyond Housing entered into a £15m contract with Esh Construction in March 2020 to complete the final phase of this exciting project, which will see an overall investment of over £43m in the Redcar and Cleveland town. Additional funding investment of £5m will come from Homes England, a non-departmental public body that funds new affordable housing across England.

A total of 43 homes, including nine apartments, 10 houses and 24 bungalows, will be provided with care and support services from a support hub within the development. This phase of the development is part of the successful ‘Redcare’ partnership between Beyond Housing and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council which provides bespoke homes with care and support for older and vulnerable people across Redcar and Cleveland.

The remaining 85 homes comprise two, three-and four-bedroom houses, which will be available for affordable rent or on a rent to buy basis, which enables customers to initially rent and purchase later. The first new home handovers are expected in autumn 2021 with final completion of the scheme anticipated in early 2023.

Alongside the Loftus Town Council and local authority, Beyond Housing is supporting a range of community projects in Loftus, which will continue alongside the development of new homes and ensure the maximum benefit is realised for the Loftus community. Beyond Housing’s £15m investment also supports the local authority’s recent High Street Fund bid for £8m.

Clare Harrigan, Head of Development and Regeneration at Beyond Housing said: “We are delighted to see work under way on this strategically important development despite the restrictions imposed over recent months by COVID-19. This final phase of the scheme will provide a range of much needed affordable new homes offering care and support, along with a choice of affordable rent and purchase options. The development also marks a significant step towards Beyond Housing’s ambitious objective to deliver 2,000 new homes by 2025.”

Gary Dobson, Divisional Direction at Esh Construction, said: “At a time when the importance of having a safe and comfortable place to call home has become more emphasised than ever before, we are pleased to be working in partnership with Beyond Housing to provide high quality, modern homes for Loftus. A welcome addition to Esh’s affordable housing and refurbishment portfolio, this key scheme adds to over £80m of projects currently live across the division.”