Work starts on first of two affordable homes projects

Trevor Pringle, housing asset manager; Kevin Monk, Kier contracts manager; Mayor Norma Redfearn; Neil Aitken, Kier site manager; Alan Maskell, Kier senior operations manager.
Trevor Pringle, housing asset manager; Kevin Monk, Kier contracts manager; Mayor Norma Redfearn; Neil Aitken, Kier site manager; Alan Maskell, Kier senior operations manager.

Work has started on a new batch of affordable homes in a £800,000 scheme.

Six two-bedroom bungalows are now under construction at the site of the former Chapelville Court sheltered accommodation in Chapel Street, Seaton Burn.

Mayor Norma Redfearn met representatives of Kier North Tyneside to celebrate.

And once complete, Kier will start on a further 20 affordable homes in June on the former Dudley and Weetslade Social Club site, in nearby Dudley, representing a £2.4million investment in the village.

The two developments, due for completion in the summer of 2017 and 2018 respectively, are being delivered as part of North Tyneside Council’s affordable homes programme.

Mrs Redfearn said: “Providing good quality homes at a price that people can afford is a key priority for this council.

“It is vital that local people have the opportunity to continue living in the place they call home, and these fantastic new properties will enable them to do just that.

“I am delighted to see work starting at Seaton Burn and the progress being made by our partners Kier North Tyneside towards the start of the development at Dudley. These are high quality schemes which will bring much-needed homes to North Tyneside and make the best possible use of two disused sites.”

Kier regional director, Mike Furze, said: “We are proud to be delivering new homes at Seaton Burn and helping to provide the affordable housing the local community needs.”

“We’re looking forward to bringing an empty plot back to life, and continuing our work with North Tyneside Council to improve the quality of housing for residents across the borough.”