Work completed on 12 new affordable homes

Work to build 12 new affordable council homes in North Shields has been completed.

The high-quality homes have been built on the site of the former Cedars sheltered accommodation, on Morwick Road, which had been unused since 2017.

And now, following the completion of the work, the homes will go out to let from this week (w/c March 21).

The development is made up of eight two-bedroom homes and four three-bedroom homes, including one that is fully wheelchair accessible.

This is a further addition to North Tyneside Council’s Affordable Housing Programme, which has seen 1,900 affordable homes, including 550 council homes, built since 2013.

Cllr Steve Cox, cabinet member with responsibility for Housing, said: “One of our key priorities as a council is to provide enough good quality homes for the people of North Tyneside, at an affordable price.

“We’ve made outstanding progress since we first started out Affordable Housing Programme and recently added on to our already ambitious targets, adding an extra 1,000 homes and taking our total target up to 5,000.

“This is a high-quality scheme and I am delighted that we have been able to make the best possible use of a brownfield site that had stood empty for some time.”

The council’s Affordable Homes Programme has committed to creating 5,000 affordable homes in the borough, focusing on providing the types of homes that are most in-demand, including high-quality one-bed properties, bungalows, and family homes.

From state-of-the-art bungalows sensitively adapted for residents with additional needs; hundreds of new or updated retirement apartments; and old industrial units, a police station and social club making way for family homes – affordable homes have sprung up right across the borough.

And this commitment was recently given the seal of approval by Homes England after the completion of a compliance audit gave North Tyneside Council a ‘green’ rating.

Following the receipt of grant funding from Homes England in 2019, North Tyneside Council was selected at random to undergo the audit ensuring that all funding conditions and contractual obligations are being met.

The audit was completed by independent auditors in September 2021 and resulted in the council receiving its ‘green’ rating, showing that it has met the requirements of the funding.