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Working Together On Regeneration Of Cleadon Park

South Tyneside Council and Enterprise 5, the housing association involved in the regeneration of the Cleadon Park estate in South Shields are fully committed to working closely with local residents to deliver the multi million housing redevelopment.

Plans for the ambitious scheme have been in development for 18 months and Enterprise 5 Housing Association, the Council's regeneration partner, are meeting with individual house owners who are affected.

Almost 700 people turned up to a recent exhibition outlining the phased development over the next six years. The eventual transformation of Cleadon Park will involve over 500 new homes, and new community facilities.

Amanda Skelton, Executive Director Neighbourhood Services with South Tyneside Council, said: "Since work on the regeneration project started 18 months ago the Council have fully involved residents at every stage. We are totally committed to maintaining an ongoing dialogue with the local community."

She added: "Detailed work is continuing on the master plan for the area with our selected regeneration partner Enterprise 5. It has always been known that the scheme will involve some demolition of existing homes. Negotiations are going on with individual owner occupiers whose homes will be affected."
Keith Loraine, Chief Executive of Enterprise 5, said: "We fully understand the concerns of residents. The Council is currently visiting all of its tenants affected by phase one and we will be doing our utmost to visit all owner occupiers over the course of the next few months to discuss their own personal situation and individual circumstances."

Enterprise 5 Housing Association has been working in partnership with the Council, local residents and local councillors to develop the regeneration proposal for Cleadon Park Estate. Together they have appointed Bellway Homes as their house builder partner.

The six-year partnership scheme was given the go-ahead in late March with the awarding of an initial £2m grant from the Housing Corporation to allow phase 1 of the scheme to proceed.

This first phase will be starting on site in early Spring 2004, and will see the construction of 44 new homes for rent and 60 for purchase, with the eventual transformation including the construction of over 500 new homes together with potentially a new health centre, community facilities including a customer service centre where residents can access a variety of services.

Neil Turnbull, Development Manager at Bellway Homes, added: "We're obviously delighted to have been selected for this scheme which will see us returning to the Cleadon Park area where we have previously built very successful developments between 1993 and 1998 at Cleadon manor and Cleadon Grange. The new homes for sale will initially be a mix of two bedroom apartments, two and three-bedroom semi detached and three and four bedroom detached homes."


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