WORK is starting on a new housing development as part of in Wallsend town centre’s long-awaited regeneration.
Isos Housing is carrying out the £1.25m project with the support of North Tyneside Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
A dozen homes for rent will be built on the site of the former sheltered housing unit at Eden Court, off Warwick Road.
They will be made up of six two-bedroom bungalows for older people and six three-bedroom homes.
They are due to be ready by spring next year.
North Tyneside mayor Linda Arkley said: “The regeneration and reinvigoration of Wallsend town centre is a top priority.
“Improving the range of housing options in the town centre forms an important part of this, which is why I was keen to help make this scheme happen. The demolition of the semi-derelict Borough Theatre building will also present us with another opportunity for new housing.”
Isos chairman Jackie Axelby added: “I’m sure these new homes will prove very popular.
“Isos is committed to encouraging community development, and we look forward to working with North Tyneside Council on the regeneration of this area.”
The council is providing the land for the housing, and the HCA has awarded a grant of £80,000.
Brian Peel, head of area at the HCA, said: “The council, Isos and the HCA have been able to bring this scheme forward despite a difficult economic climate by taking a flexible approach to the way it is funded.
“Our role is all about helping to unlock problems in local communities, and Eden Court is a great example showing how we can help councils and housing providers to make things happen in the future.”