New homes are ready for their tenants

Coun Michael Huscroft, Jackie Axelby, Chair of Isos, residents Bill Watson, Bill Watson Junior and Nancy Bullock, Mayor Linda Arkley and resident Donna Campbell (front) at the new scheme.

Coun Michael Huscroft, Jackie Axelby, Chair of Isos, residents Bill Watson, Bill Watson Junior and Nancy Bullock, Mayor Linda Arkley and resident Donna Campbell (front) at the new scheme.

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A DOZEN new affordable homes have been built in Wallsend town centre on the site of a former care home.

The £1.25m development by Isos Housing, supported by North Tyneside Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), has seen 12 properties built on the site of Eden Court sheltered housing unit, off Warwick Road and close to the shops on High Street West.

Six two-bedroom bungalows for older people sit at the rear of the site in a small cul-de-sac while six three-bedroom family homes are in a terrace at the front.

All the homes have been designed by Christopher Brummitt Architects and feature a range of sustainable technologies including solar panels while there is also 14 parking spaces.

The council provided the land and worked with Isos to ensure the types of property met local housing needs while the HCA awarded an £80,000 grant.

Jackie Axelby, chairwoman of Isos, said: “Our development team has huge experience in delivering high quality schemes like this one in Wallsend, and I’m sure these new homes will prove very popular.

“Our office has been receiving enquiries about these new homes ever since work started on site last year.”

Mayor Linda Arkley said: “Improving the range of housing options in Wallsend town centre forms an important part of our regeneration plans for the town.

“I was here when this work started and it’s fantastic to now see it finished.

“The development provides modern, fit for purpose and affordable housing in the heart of the town, and is a great example of successful partnership working.”

Eden Court was demolished as it was not fit for modern needs, with former residents being housed at other sheltered accommodation schemes across the borough.

All the new homes have been allocated to those in housing need through the council’s Choice Based Lettings scheme.