More affordable homes being built in North Tyneside

Hundreds of affordable homes are being created in North Tyneside for families, older people, vulnerable residents and those on low incomes.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 4:31 pm
Mayor Norma Redfearn CBE on Charlotte Street, Wallsend, with Coun Steve Cox, Cabinet Member for Housing, where the council is bringing properties left derelict by a landlord back to life.

Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn CBE made a commitment to drive forward with plans to create thousands of more affordable homes in the borough.

And with help from partners, the project has already seen 1,650 homes built in recent years, including 550 the council has developed itself.

Now the council has set its sights even higher, with ambitions to create another 2,350 affordable homes with its partners by 2032 with the council investing around £50million to create a further 350 council homes.

Mrs Redfearn said: “North Tyneside is a great place in live, work and visit, so understandably demand for affordable and good-quality housing is high.

"Residents have told us building affordable homes should be a priority.

“That’s why we made a commitment to deliver even more affordable homes by 2032 with our partners – and build more council homes.

“We’re also delighted to be continuing to work with local communities to plan these developments – places where residents and future generations can call home.”

The council is focusing on the types of homes most in demand, including high-quality one-bed properties, bungalows, and family homes.

The work currently underway by the council sees a number of developments in Wallsend, including new two-bedroom homes on the site of a former care facility in Edwin Grove, and nine new homes are almost complete on Bawtry Court.

Flats left derelict by a former landlord in Charlotte Street are also being transformed into seven family homes by the council – and elsewhere in the borough, Collingwood Close, North Shields, will see 12 new homes in the coming months.

The council’s own trading companies, Aurora Affordable Homes and Aurora Properties (Sale) Limited have also contributed to the borough’s housing growth.

At the end of March 2021, Aurora Affordable Homes has created or is in the process of developing 68 affordable homes, with plans to create 100 homes by 2022.

While Aurora Properties (Sale) Limited has developed 12 homes on the site of the former Avenue public house in Whitley Bay, 12 bungalows on the site of a former sheltered housing scheme in North Shields; and a derelict office block in Northumberland Square, North Shields has been transformed into a new housing development.

As well as providing high-quality homes on key regeneration sites, the company has returned almost £3.5m to the council to date and is projected to generate further returns in future years.

The council uses this money to protect services essential services for residents of the borough, and all the work has been achieved at no cost to the taxpayer.

Future plans include seven new homes on the site of the former Backworth Primary School, further redevelopment of a derelict property at Northumberland Square, as well as demolishing the Unicorn House office block, in North Shields.

Unicorn House has been vacant for years and will make way to 28 much-needed new homes, and contributes to the council’s North Shields Town Centre Masterplan, which aims to transform the town centre and riverside into an environment where more people choose to live, work and spend their leisure time.