Utilising brownfield sites

Since the closure of Chapel Park Middle School in 2005, the site has been vacant and fenced off for quite some time.

Gentoo Homes, part of the Sunderland based Gentoo Group, has stepped up and purchased the site from Newcastle City Council to provide the area with 99 much needed homes, 16 of which will be made affordable utilising the shared-ownership scheme.

As housebuilders across the country are meeting road blocks to acquire planning permissions on greenfield land, this development will be a step in the right direction to revitalise the abandoned site and bring life back to the community.

The scheme, due to break ground this month, will consist of two bedroom bungalows and three to five bedroom house.

Joanne Gordon, Homes and Development Director at Gentoo Homes, said: “The new homes will contribute to much-needed new housing for residents in Newcastle while also delivering affordable homeownership options through shared ownership.”

Irim Ali, cabinet member for  Newcastle City Council, said: “Newcastle is a growing city, so it needs more housing to match the needs of its existing residents and those who are moving into the city.

The development will also provide high-quality, publicly available open space which connects existing areas of open space to the north and the south, which will benefit the local community.”