Chapter Homes, set up by Durham County Council, aims to establish itself as one of the region’s premier housebuilders following its first development at Eden Field in Newton Aycliffe.
The development will create 15 new jobs, 18 work placement opportunities and create or safeguard 23 apprenticeships.
Durham County Council’s chairman, cllr Jan Blakey, and cabinet member for assets, housing and rural issues, cllr Eddie Tomlinson, officially cut the first sod on the site which will provide 125 new high-quality homes for the town, including 12 affordable homes.
Cllr Blakey said: “We’re delighted to be able to officially break ground on what we hope will be the first of many sites. We intend to provide our ongoing support to the construction industry in the county, by playing a more active role in delivering a high quality product, and ensure investment, jobs and training opportunities which benefit local communities the most.”
Cllr Tomlinson said: "We have worked hard to ensure that we are providing only the best quality housing through excellent design and carefully thought-out plans.
“This significant investment means new and safeguarded jobs, training opportunities and an improved housing offer which is great news for Newton Aycliffe and the surrounding areas, offering real, tangible benefits for local people and businesses.
“We’re very proud of the final plans and housing on offer and confident that the Eden Field development will be the first of many successes for Chapter Homes.”
Gentoo Tolent is the construction partner for the site. Managing Director Paul Webster said: “This was a fantastic contract win for Gentoo Construction when we were appointed the sole contractor in 2015. We look forward to building a great relationship with Chapter Homes.”