Residents move into new affordable homes

Residents have begun moving into new housing in Wallsend as part of the council’s commitment to provide more affordable housing.

North Tyneside Council completed the nine two-bedroom bungalows in Barr Close, Battle Hill, on the site of the former Byrness Court.

And last Friday the first of the residents moved into their new homes.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “I am delighted to see residents moving into these wonderful new bungalows.

“Delivering affordable housing is a priority for North Tyneside Council, and we are working hard to make sure we put the right homes in the right places, to meet our current and future housing needs.”

The properties have been built by Kier North Tyneside as part of their partnering agreement with the council.

Kier North Tyneside director, Mike Furze, said: “We are proud to be part of North Tyneside Council’s affordable homes programme, which will benefit residents of North Tyneside for years to come.

“By working in partnership with the council we believe we will make a real difference in improving the quality of housing for people across the borough.”

All of the new homes have been fitted with Level Access Shower rooms and are suitable for wheelchair users.

They have also been built to Level Four of the Code for Sustainable Homes and six of the southerly facing homes have Solar Photovoltaic systems fitted which will help reduce electricity bills for the new tenants.

The project has also attracted grant funding from Tyne & Wear Fire Service and sprinkler systems have been fitted within the new homes.