Empty shops to be turned into new flats

A row of empty shops are being transformed into affordable new homes.

North Tyneside Council is working with Gentoo to convert the three vacant ground floor shop units and one existing flat in Avon Avenue, North Shields, into four new one-bedroom apartments.

The development, delivered by Gentoo Construction, has been financed by a Homes and Communities Empty Homes Grant.

John Harrison, cabinet member for housing, said: “We know that there is a particularly high demand for one-bedroom homes in the North Shields area, especially flats.

“This scheme will help us meet local housing needs as well as having a really positive, regenerative impact in the area by bringing the empty shops back into productive use.”

Allan Thompson, managing director of Gentoo Construction, said: “We have been involved in a number of developments around the North Shields area but this is the first project with North Tyneside Council and we look forward to developing this relationship.”

The properties should be complete by January and will be available to rent through Tyne and Wear Homes.