Tees Valley Unlimited trio plan 21 homes at Tall Trees in Yarm

Three property developers who were once key Teesside decision makers are back in the area with a plan to build executive homes on the site of the former Tall Trees Hotel.

Bede Homes has announced that it will build 21 five-bedroom executive homes in Beck View, Yarm, which will go on sale in early summer.

The construction will be the first time that three of Bede’s directors have been involved in a development in the area since their days at Tees Valley Regeneration, which was at one time the largest urban development agency in England and evolved into the Local Enterprise Partnership, Tees Valley Unlimited.

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Bede Homes managing director Joe Docherty was managing director of TVR when it was established in 2002. Director Richard Buckley was development director at the agency which developed Middlehaven and created Teesside’s modern landmarks, the bridge Infinity in Stockton, the Temenos art installation. which is outside the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough and Central Park in Darlington where Darlington College is now based.

Richard recruited another Bede manager, Andrew Burnett, as project manager for Middlehaven after taking over from Joe as co-CEO in 2009.

The trio, along with fellow director Gavin Cordwell-Smith, are now set to develop the Beck View plot. The properties will likely go on sale in June, but people can register an interest through the Bede Homes website or through Yarm-based estate agents Michael Poole. Property prices will range from £525,000 to £700,000.

MD Joe Docherty said: “We are extremely excited about this development. These will be luxury executive residences and it is expected that there will be considerable interest in the properties given their location.

Bede Homes is still a young company, but we are set on our vision to be the premier independent home builder in the region.

“The previous landowners had planning permission for 35 houses, but we decided to reduce the density because we were aware of Teesside’s concerns about overdevelopment.”

Bede Homes, based in Gateshead, was set up in 2016 by Andrew and Richard, who had formed land and planning agency Buckley Burnett in 2011. They were joined by Gavin, managing director of The Hellens Group, who has worked extensively in Teesside in recent years. as well as in the North East and Yorkshire.

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