Work set to begin on new houses

Land to the corner of East George Street and Hudson Street, North Shields.'Plans have been approved for a mixed-use development to be built on the site.
Land to the corner of East George Street and Hudson Street, North Shields.'Plans have been approved for a mixed-use development to be built on the site.
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PLANS to regenerate part of North Shields town centre are about to move a step closer to reality as work to turn former homeless accommodation in George Street into family homes is expected to begin this month.

The project, expected to take around six months to complete, will provide housing for 12 families.

Other proposals for nearby land formerly occupied by Grange Interiors have yet to be decided by North Tyneside Council planners.

If approved, they could see the creation of a new health centre, nursery and care home.

North Tyneside mayor Linda Arkley said: “I’m committed to ensuring there is a range of good-quality homes in the borough that meets the diverse needs of our residents.

“This property previously provided temporary housing for male adults but is now surplus to requirements due to our success in reducing the need for this type of accommodation.

“Following the building’s conversion, which will cost around £850,000, it will offer 12 three-bedroom family units in a central North Shields location.

“I believe the scheme will be extremely popular based on demand for similar properties in the area.

“This project and also the plans for the nearby former Grange Kitchens site show we’re determined to work with partners to deliver sustainable regeneration in North Shields town centre and the fish quay areas.”