Crook Community Leisure is working with Homes England, Durham County Council and a Housing Provider to bring affordable homes to the residents of Crook.
The project is led by Crook Community Leisure, an organisation with strong local routes in the local community. The project has the added benefits that revenue created from the partnership with a Housing Provider will enable the provision of additional leisure facilities at Peases West, additional function facilities, a swimming pool, and 3G pitch. These aspirations will depend on the identification of further funding, and subsequent planning permission.
As a community-led housing project, it is envisaged that the homes will firstly be available to veterans and the disabled and then the wider community.
John Winter, on behalf of Crook Community Leisure, commented:
“We are excited to be able to contribute new affordable homes to the area, while also helping to strengthen our services to the local community through this project. We look forward to hearing from local people”.
The site sits to the northern edge of Crook within walking distance of the town and high street, and is also served by local bus routes with stops adjacent to the site. Historically, the site has played host to leisure facilities supporting the use of Peases West Sport Pitch, the site is currently vacant with some tree cover to the perimeter of the site.
The project team around architect James Long (of Dixon Dawson) and planner Joe Hedley (of Hedley Planning) now invites local residents to participate in shaping the site with local requirements in mind. In the next couple of months, residents can get involved at three key stages, including an early appraisal of the site, a review of the preliminary proposals, and finally the formal planning consultation run by Durham County Council.
For the first stage in this process, the project team has set up a Housing Needs Survey and Character survey using an interactive planform by North East startup PlaceChangers.
The Housing Needs Survey provides respondents with the opportunity to shape the future site in terms of the type of homes and the size required. This is also an opportunity for the local community to share their views about the wider local area.
Residents are invited to comment on the local area via a Housing Needs survey using the links below.