South Seaham awarded ‘garden village’ status by Government

A major new high-tech socially inclusive 1,500-home development, designed by IDPartnership, has been awarded garden village status by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Situated in County Durham, South Seaham Garden Village is one of 19 new garden villages identified across the UK as part of the government’s Garden Communities Programme. Tolent, Home Group and Durham County Council are working in partnership to deliver the development over a ten year period.

The vision is to create a truly sustainable and inclusive community with a wide variety of distinctive high quality housing that improves quality of life for all residents. This will include starter homes and homes for older people, as well as those in need of assisted living and dependent care facilities. 50% of the houses will be affordable, and all new homes will be built to an overall design code which will secure high standards of design.

More than half of the development will be managed green space, including extensive parkland, sports facilities and play areas, lined by a network of over three miles of landscaped paths and cycle ways.

The heart of the garden village will provide shops, a café, a primary school, a park and village square, as well as a health and well-being focussed community hub which will include a gym.

The village centre will also include an innovation hub which will be used by new and existing businesses, along with the region’s universities, to bring the latest research and innovation to all aspects of the garden village, helping to create a national and international exemplar development.

Both Newcastle University’s National Innovation Centre for Ageing and Northumbria University’s School of Nursing are involved in bringing health innovations to the garden village; such as the design of inclusive home environments and the use of digital technology to reduce social isolation.

It is anticipated that the development will create around 1,000 jobs, including 500 new construction jobs and 300 jobs in the village centre. With the Construction Industry Training Board, a training academy will be established on site, providing young people with opportunities to develop their skills through apprenticeships.

The scheme is project managed by Plan B Housing, designed by IDPartnership with planning consultancy from Peacock & Smith. Work is expected to commence early next year with the first new homes being available by 2020.

3 July 2019