Residents move into new homes on site of former pub

Stacey McGregor accepts the house keys from Mayor Norma Redfearn watched by Cllr John Harrison, Bobbie McGregor and Foster Innes from Galliford Try.'Picture by Jane Coltman
Stacey McGregor accepts the house keys from Mayor Norma Redfearn watched by Cllr John Harrison, Bobbie McGregor and Foster Innes from Galliford Try.'Picture by Jane Coltman
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The first residents have moved into a new housing development on the site of a former North Shields pub.

The 32 homes – a mix of houses, bungalows and apartments – have replaced the wasteland where the Brigg Public House once stood.

They have been created by Galliford Try Partnerships North, supported by North Tyneside Council.

Stacey and Robert McGregor and their three children were among the first to get keys – moving in to a bungalow which will help support their son Daniel, 12, who has cerebral palsy and severe brain damage.

Stacey said: “We are over the moon with the bungalow, we cried when we first viewed it. Our previous home was a terraced house with stairs; we had a through-floor lift to help Daniel, but we felt frightened to use it through the night in case it woke the neighbours.

“This new home will be 100 per cent easier, we can live more comfortably.”

“The space and layout is amazing, and Daniel can now access the entire home and level access to the front and rear is a massive help. The home certainly suits our needs.

“The best thing about it has to be the separate en-suite shower room for Daniel, and the back garden is lovely and suitable for a wheelchair.”

The development was designed in consultation with the community to match local housing requirements.

It includes open spaces, landscaping and car parking, and almost half of the new homes have level access shower rooms.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “It’s extremely heartening to hear what a real difference the bungalow will make to Daniel and his family. I’d like to wish them every happiness in their new home, as well as all the other new residents on the development.

“The council is delighted to have worked with Galliford Try to bring the land on Blandford Road back to life, by creating these beautiful and modern homes.”

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and transport, added: “The variety of different types of housing at this development reflects the broad range of requirements we have in North Tyneside.

“Demand for affordable housing continues to rise, particularly for bungalows, single-bed properties and affordable family homes.

“We have worked closely with the local community to plan this scheme, ensuring we’re putting the right homes in the right places.”

Foster Innes, operations director with Galliford Try Partnerships North, said: “Our goal is to improve the quality and choice of homes for people across the northeast.

“To see just what this can mean for residents who move into the properties we build is always heart-warming and we are delighted for Daniel and his family.”