Kier Living to build 190 homes at High Stakesby in Whitby

Work has started to develop land at High Stakesby in Whitby, which was formerly owned by the Order of the Holy Paraclete, based at Sneaton Castle.

S Harrison and partner Tees Valley Housing, part of the Thirteen Group, have appointed Kier Living to build 190 homes in the first phase of the development.

Development director David Clancy from S Harrison, says: “Through perseverance and a tenacious approach to the planning and design of this development, we have been able to deliver a positive outcome for everyone involved in this well-designed, sustainable scheme. Having shown full commitment to this project for a significant amount of time, it’s fantastic to see work now underway in this highly sought after area of Whitby.”

The scheme will comprise bungalows and two-, three- and four-bedroom houses, half of which will be affordable. Properties will be available for rent, shared ownership and outright sale.

“It is essential that more affordable options are made available in this area, which is suffering from a real shortage of new homes, and it is hoped that local people who would otherwise struggle to buy their own home, will now have the chance to get onto the property ladder,” said Martin Hawthorne, director of development and regeneration at Thirteen.

Green amenity space with a children’s play area, a pedestrian link through the site and two new access points will be created from Castle Road and High Stakesby Road.

It is estimated that 200 new construction jobs, including apprenticeships, will be created in the area as a result of the development.

Jon Rukin, Kier Living operations director, said: “We’re pleased to start work on site and are looking forward to delivering much-needed new homes in Whitby. The mix of tenures available at this development provides opportunities for a wide range of people to get on the property ladder.

"We’ll be working closely with the local workforce during our time on site, and the scheme will provide employment opportunities for local people for a number of years.”

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