Homes to be built at former police station

Artist's impression of how the development will look once completed.
Artist's impression of how the development will look once completed.

More new homes are to be built as part of an ongoing drive to regenerate Wallsend town centre.

North Tyneside Council’s planning committee approved plans to demolish the former Wallsend police station and Alexandra Street Family Centre to make way for 41 affordable homes.

The authority now plans to use the site – along with and the nearby High Street East car park – for 12 two-bedroom houses, 13 three-bedroom houses, 12 two-bedroom apartments and four one-bedroom apartments, complete with landscaping and parking.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “These are crucial next steps in what are milestone projects for affordable housing in Wallsend.

“The demand for housing in North Tyneside is increasing every year and many families, as well as younger and older people, are finding it difficult to find suitable, quality places to live at prices they can afford.

“I’m delighted that this work is now going ahead because when I was elected in May 2013 I promised that affordable housing would be a top priority for the council and that we would work with our partners to find new ways to tackle this issue.”

“I remain determined to cut the council housing list by narrowing the gap between the housing that’s available for rent and the needs of local people.”

Once complete, the homes will be available for rent through North Tyneside Homes.