A new batch of affordable houses are nearing completion in Wallsend as North Tyneside Council looks to hit its target of 3,000 over ten years.
Nine two-bedroom bungalows are being built on the site of the former sheltered accommodation at Byrness Court in Barr Close, Battle Hill.
Mayor Norma Redfearn and Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing, joined representatives of Kier North Tyneside and the council’s housing team to mark the ‘topping out’ ceremony.
Mrs Redfearn said: “It’s great to see the former site of this sheltered housing scheme to be used to meet current housing needs in North Tyneside.”
Kier North Tyneside regional director, Mike Furze, said: “We are proud to be building the second project of North Tyneside Council’s affordable homes programme.
“By working in partnership with our council colleagues we believe we will make a real difference in improving the quality of housing for people across the borough.”
A total of 95 affordable homes are set to be completed by the end of March 2014 with a further 262 homes expected to be ready by April next year.
Coun Harrison added: “Here in North Tyneside the demand for affordable housing is on the increase and many families, as well as both younger and older people, face huge challenges in finding suitable, affordable places to live.
“We appreciate these pressures and we are working with our residents, our partners and other agencies to explore the many different options for putting the right homes in the right places to meet our current and future needs.”