More than £300,000 is being invested in local infrastructure and facilities in Heighington by a local housebuilder.

Bellway is contributing the money as part of its Meadow Rise development, which is providing 75 new homes for the local area.

The development, off Walworth Road in the village, comprises 60 three and four-bedroom detached houses for private sale and 15 two and three-bedroom affordable homes for local people.

As part of the planning agreement for the development with Darlington Borough Council, Bellway is investing £229,125 towards improving education provision in Heighington, and £78,900 towards enhancing and maintaining walking and cycling routes in the area.

Further payments include £15,000 towards the creation of ten new parking spaces in Heighington, £6,762 towards improving existing sports facilities on the playing fields and £5,000 to improve bus stops in the village.

Sales Manager for Bellway’s Durham division, Darren Pelusi, said: “Our Meadow Rise development is bringing considerable benefits to the village of Heighington, with investment in local education, sustainable and public transport and sports provision, as well as delivering much-needed new housing for local people.

“Every home we build is part of a community which we are committed to supporting and enhancing as our developments take shape.

“People who have already moved into their new homes at Meadow Rise are enjoying the benefits of living in this picturesque village location within easy reach of Darlington.

“The development is ideal for families and commuters, close to good local amenities and excellent transport links. Although the sales centre is currently closed, we have a range of new homes available to reserve, with more information available online.”

There’s a choice of three and four-bedroom detached houses currently available to reserve at Meadow Rise, with details available at bellway.co.uk.