Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle housing developments to create two jobs for every home
THREE house-building projects are getting underway, providing work for more than 600 people.
Barratt Homes says the schemes in Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle will create 311 new homes and 622 jobs in construction and sales.
The company has planning permission for all three projects, and building work has already started on one.
There will be 131 homes on the Pipers View development in Woodville Road, Meir, 117 at Gloster Gate on Albermarle Road, Cross Heath, and 63 at Churchill Park in Scotia Road, Burslem.
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Barratt says much of the work will go to local people.
Planning manager Jon Rowson said: "We always endeavour to employ and develop local trades and suppliers where we can to fuel the local economy.
"For example, at Gloster Gate we are working alongside a local provider to fulfil a programme of learning and training for staff."
Show homes at Churchill Park were opened earlier this month, while work is expected to start on the other two schemes in the next few weeks.
Barratt expects that all three projects will be completed by 2015.
The developments in Meir and Cross Heath are being built on land earmarked for new housing under the now defunct Renew programme.
Maggie Carter, chairman of Meir Community Steering Group, said residents had been waiting for the Pipers View development for years.
Mrs Carter, of Brookwood Drive, Meir, said: "When the Government pulled the plug on regeneration, a lot of people thought that Barratt would never come back to Meir. But Barratt have not let us down.
"This will bring more people into Meir and make it a more diverse community. It will hopefully create jobs for the area as well."
Councillor Ruth Rosenau, Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet member for regeneration, said: "It's good to see that developments are going ahead and sites are not just standing empty."
Alastair Parsons, senior sales manager for Barratt Mercia commented: "We're seeing encouraging demand for our homes. The fact that we are starting new sites is also good news for sub-contractors and the supply chain."