North East New Homes Round-up – The Pick of Today’s Property Developments

Posted 24 June 2019 by Rebecca Burns

The WhatHouse? team takes a look at its favourite current new build developments in the north-eastern counties of England...

With virtually all new homes in the North East funded by the Help to Buy equity loan scheme, there are concerns that a house price slump could occur when the programme finally ends.

And while the end date is not until 2023, from 2021 the scheme will be available only to first-time buyers and for homes with a market value up to the price cap for new regional properties.

With Help to Buy, the government lends buyers up to 20% of the cost of a new build house, which means the prospective homeowner only needs to find a 5% deposit and a 75% mortgage.

Towns and cities in the North East are said to be the most reliant on Help to Buy. So, for buyers there who are keen to secure a new home before the 2021 or 2023 deadlines, our latest round-up offers a great choice of homes available with the scheme.

Arcot Grange in Cramlington, Northumberland (Arcot Grange Developments Limited)

Arcot Grange (Arcot Grange Developments Limited)This development, which offers a blend of new builds and barn conversions, is situated to the south of the town of Cramlington, close to Arcot Hall Golf Club and the A19.

Cramlington is only about nine miles north of Newcastle upon Tyne, on the border between Northumberland and North Tyneside. Commuters living there enjoy easy access to trains from Cramlington Railway Station, which has services to the MetroCentre, Morpeth and Newcastle upon Tyne. By road there are also easy transport links, since the town is situated between the A1, A19 and A189 roads.

There are some great places to spend leisure time in the area, too, such as Plessey Woods Country Park, just to the north of Cramlington, which has the River Blyth flowing through it. Northumberlandia, a huge land sculpture shaped like a reclining female figure, is located on the outskirts of town, and in the town itself Nelson Hill is a prominent landmark to the north of the centre. Arcot Hall Grasslands and Ponds SSSI is just south-east of the town. In Cramlington there are also shops, pubs, the Concordia leisure centre, and a large cycle path network. Finally, for families with children, the town offers many schooling options.

Prices: From £365,000

Find out more at or call 0191 236 5580

Holmside Grange in South Moor, Stanley, County Durham (Gleeson)

Holmside Grange (Gleeson)Holmside Grange is a new development made up of 65 new two-, three- and four-bedroom homes situated in the semi-rural but established residential area of South Moor, on the outskirts of Stanley. Stanley town centre is just 1.8 miles away, and Chester le Street is 5.1 miles away, while larger centres are also within easy reach, such as Durham (7.9 miles), Gateshead (10 miles) and Newcastle upon Tyne (11.6 miles).

Offering easy access to the gorgeous Durham countryside, this is a great location for those who want to spend time outdoors, while at the same time there are plenty of towns close by. Buyers with children will find a selection of respected nurseries and schools in the area, including several within walking distance of Holmside Grange. Other amenities within a mile or two includeshops, doctors, dentists and a supermarket, while there are sports and leisure centres less than four miles away.

Local public transport options include buses from a stop next to the development, including regular services to Durham and Stanley, and train services from stations at Chester le Street, Durham and Newcastle. By road, the A1 can be accessed easily at Birtley 7.6 miles away, offering decent road links to major cities.

Prices: From £97,995

Find out more at or call 07580 409 518

Greenacres in Easington, County Durham (Persimmon Homes)

Greenacres (Persimmon Homes)All two-bedroom homes are now sold at this development, but a selection of three- and four-bedroom homes are still available, all with ultra-fast, full fibre-optic FibreNest broadband.

Situated on the northern fringes of historic Easington, a former mining town, the area has a green, rural feel and yet it's within walking distance of local amenities and only 10 miles away from the city of Durham. There are local village shops, a Post Office, a newsagent and a pub.

The location also offers superb road links for commuters and a good choice of schools for all ages. At the same time Greenacres is close to the region's beautiful Heritage coastline, ideal for leisure trips at the weekend, and larger hubs such as Peterlee, Sunderland and Durham are all within easy reach. Closer to home, the Hawthorn Dene Nature Reserve is less than two miles from the development, offering colourful woodland walks.

Prices: From £150,000

Find out more about Greenacres from Persimmon Homes

Newton Wood in Guisborough, North Yorkshire (Avant Homes)

Newton Wood (Avant Homes)Three-, four- and five-bedroom homes are for sale at Newton Wood in the lively market town of Guisborough, with its many shops, cafes, restaurants and well-known markets every Thursday and Saturday.

The development is in a handy location just five minutes' walk from Guisborough, while Middlesbrough is only 10 miles away and Saltburn-by-the-Sea eight miles.

There are a number of primary and secondary schools in the local area, and for leisure time Roseberry Topping, the North Yorkshire Moors and the coastline are all within easy striking distance.

Prices: £209,950 to £429,950

Find out more about Newton Wood from Avant Homes

Holystone Park in Newcastle, Tyne and Wear (Taylor Wimpey)

Holystone Park (Taylor Wimpey)In the leafy Benton suburb of Newcastle upon Tyne, just four miles north east of the centre, Holystone Park is made up of a choice of two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes in a variety of detached, semi-detached and mews designs.

Suited to a wide range of lifestyles, the homes at this development are likely to appeal to many buyers at different stages in their lives. There are excellent amenities in the surrounding area, including 24-hour supermarkets, a selection of pubs, cafes and restaurants, several schools and a post office.

Palmersville Metro station is less than a mile away from the development, and there are bus nearby providing regular services into Newcastle City Centre.

Prices: From £239,995 to £314,995

Find out more about Taylor Wimpey

Fulbeck Grange in Fulbeck, Morpeth, Northumberland (Duchy Homes)

Fulbeck Grange (Duchy Homes)Spread across a secluded four-acre site, this development incorporates 13 luxury five-bedroom detached new homes in Morpeth, which has been ranked by the Sunday Times as one of the best places to live in Britain.

The desirable Fulbeck area of Morpeth is leafy and tranquil yet still part of the bustling town with plenty of shops, attractions and leisure options. Offering a tree-lined setting surrounded by mature woodland, this high-end development also features an ornamental pond and stream. There is a choice of four different house styles, each of which has a contemporary open-plan living space and a high quality specification.

When it comes to education, the outstanding King Edwards VI Academy is right on the doorstep, as well as Morpeth All Saints Church of England First School. And for commuters, the development is conveniently close to the new Northern Bypass, placing the A1 within easy reach for Newcastle city centre and the wildly beautiful Northumberland coastline. By train, Morpeth’s railway station has services direct to Edinburgh and London, as well as to Newcastle, Durham and many surrounding towns.

Prices: From £515,000

Find out more about Fulbeck Grange from Duchy Homes

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