Homes set for former Seaham miners’ hall site

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A BUILDER is pushing forward plans to turn a former miners’ hall site into a housing estate.

Miller Homes has bought the former Vane Tempest Social Welfare Centre plot on New Drive, Seaham, after revised plans were approved by Durham County Council.

The venue shut last Easter because of safety fears, and after its management committee discovered the extent and cost of repairs needed on the aging building.

Miller Homes says work on 52 homes will begin later in the year, with the street to be called Mariners Way.

Regional land director John Jameson said: “We resurrected our initial planning application that was originally submitted in 2007, thanks to an upturn in the property market.

“We are extending our build programme in Seaham, off the back of our hugely-successful East Shore Village development.

“Our commitment to buying more land in this seaside town shows our confidence in the housing market’s recovery in the North East and we are gearing up for further land acquisitions in the coming months.”

Sales director Steve McElroy said: “The development will see us breaking ground in the summerand our first home-buyers moving in by early next year.”