Two show homes have been unveiled at the Trinity South development in South Shields, marking the latest milestone in a scheme that will ultimately bring 222 new family homes to the area.
Housing developer Keepmoat officially opened the three-bedroom homes with Councillor Ed Malcolm, the Council's Lead Member for Resources and Innovation, and Andy Rose, Chief Executive of the Homes and Communities Agency.
The £30 million development will eventually see Keepmoat Homes creating over 200 family homes in a five to six year period as part of a major regeneration plan for the area. Located on a 5.3 hectare area including the former Circatex factory site and the southern half of Frederick Street, work is already well underway on the section close to Reed and Eldon Streets.
The homes, which are all being built to Lifetime Homes Standards, have been released for sale off plan and include a mix of two, three and four bedroom homes in a range of styles and house types that are ideal for first time buyers, families and professionals.
Councillor Ed Malcolm, who represents the Simonside and Rekendyke ward, said: "It is great to see the development progressing so well, making another part of our vision for Riverside regeneration a reality. This area is changing fast, with the hi-tech One Trinity Green business development, Sinclair Meadows eco-homes and the stunning Harton Quays Park recently completed, as well as a renewal programme in the nearby Trinity Estate.
"Trinity South is another important step forward, bringing quality new homes, environmental improvements, and more footfall for local shops, and I am delighted that the scheme includes 20 homes for rent to local people."
The scheme offers six different house types, with financial assistance available through the Government's Help to Buy scheme. Prices range from £92,796 for a two bedroom home to £179,995 for a four bedroom home on the Help to Buy scheme.
Christine Harrison, Sales Director for Keepmoat Homes North East, said: "This is another significant milestone for all partners involved in this exciting new development. The opening of these new show homes demonstrates how quickly this development is progressing and we are very grateful to Andy Rose and Cllr. Ed Malcolm for their continued support.
"We look forward to welcoming prospective buyers to come and view our new show homes to see what Trinity South has to offer. With financial assistance available on all new homes and up to six different house types to choose from, I am sure this development will appeal to many first time buyers and families."
The properties will achieve Level 3 of the Government's Code for Sustainable Homes, making them greener than is required by building regulations. All new homes at Trinity South have been designed to meet the Homes and Communities Agency's Design Quality Standards, meaning that they will be significantly larger than the properties house builders usually construct for first-time buyers.
Andy Rose, Chief Executive of the Homes and Communities Agency, said: "It is fantastic to visit this scheme and see the huge difference that the Homes and Communities Agency, working with our partners can make for local residents. It is really interesting to see how Keepmoat are helping deliver the vision that South Tyneside Council have for the town centre over the next five years and the difference that the Agency's land is making to this.
"Help to Buy coupled with such a wide choice of house types and sizes will ensure that local people can afford to buy the home of their choice."
Each home will also be built to Lifetime Homes compliance standards, which ensure flexibility and adaptability throughout the different stages of life.
The new development is conveniently located close to the town centre, which offers a wide choice of high street shops, restaurants and cafes and is set to benefit from South Shields 365, which will bring new shopping, leisure and community facilities as part of a £100m regeneration scheme. The seafront with all of its attractions is only two miles from the development.
For more information on the development, visit www.keepmoat.com.