Affordable homes plans progressing

Plans to build thousands of new affordable homes in the borough are on track, say council leaders.

North Tyneside Council is aiming to provide 3,000 extra affordable homes for local people over the next ten years.

And at their meeting on Monday, cabinet members were told significant progress had been made with 95 homes set to be completed by the end of the month and plans for a further 262 well under way and expected to be ready by April 2015.

Senior officers have now been authorised to enter into negotiations and legal agreements to help speed up the process.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “Providing good quality homes that people can afford is a top priority for this council.

“Housing is about more than simply putting a roof over people’s heads – good quality affordable homes allow people to live healthy and happy lives.

“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.”

As well as building new homes in the centre of Wallsend, new council homes will also be built at Longbenton, Battle Hill and Blandford Road in North Shields, the programme will also contribute towards regeneration by tackling some eyesores in local communities.

These will include regenerating the redundant retail units at Bedford Avenue, Wallsend and Avon Avenue in Meadowell, the former Coast Road Library, and the former customer service office at Victoria Terrace, Whitley Bay.