Two schemes planned to increase affordable homes in town centre

An artist's impression of how the proposed new development on the former Police Station in Wallsend will look.
An artist's impression of how the proposed new development on the former Police Station in Wallsend will look.

More housing is being proposed for Wallsend town centre.

Two schemes have been drawn up as North Tyneside Council looks to fulfil its commitment for more affordable homes in the town.

A planning application has been submitted by the council to demolish the former police station and Alexandra Street Family Centre, with a decision expected soon.

The plans feature 12 two-bedroom houses, 13 three-bedroom houses, 12 two-bedroom apartments and four one-bedroom apartments, complete with landscaping and parking.

Local residents and businesses have been consulted on the plans and if they are approved work will start in November, with the scheme due for completion by November next year.

The council has also been awarded a £75,000 grant from the Homes and Communities Agency for a scheme to bring eight privately owned long-term empty properties in Wallsend town centre back into use as affordable homes.

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

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

“When I was elected as Mayor in May last year I promised that affordable housing would be a top priority and that we would work with our partners to find new ways to tackle this problem.

“These latest projects in the heart of Wallsend, along with newly-built homes on the former Boys’ Club site and new bungalows in Battle Hill are further proof that this council keeps its promises. ”

All the new homes are being built by Kier North Tyneside for the Council.

Other projects planned for Wallsend include building nine new homes on the site of former Bude Court in Battle Hill. This will see three new bungalows and six apartments. The council has submitted a planning application for this scheme and if it is approved work is due to start in October.