CHILDREN are learning about the work of a regeneration project.

Pupils at Sherburn Hill Primary School, in Sherburn Hill, near Durham, are studying the impact of the Durham Villages Regeneration Company (DVRC), a 15-year joint project of Durham County Council and developer Keepmoat that has seen many new homes built on council land.

In Sherburn Hill, 81 new homes are being built off Front Street, in a new estate to be called The Pastures.

Also, a new community centre is planned for nearby, the village having been without one since the old centre closed in 2012.

Children recently visited The Pastures show home, where they were given a lesson on building site safety. In future, they will return to do hands-on activities including bricklaying.

Councillor Neil Foster, Durham County Council’s cabinet member for economic regeneration and chair of DVRC, said: “It's fantastic that the children are being encouraged to take an interest in the regeneration of their village and see the bright future we’re helping to build for Sherburn Hill.

“As well as creating jobs and investing in the local economy we’re delighted to see modern, energy efficient and affordable homes being provided as part of our continued commitment to the regeneration of our towns and villages across the county.”