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New Tenants Set to Move into Affordable Homes

 

 

A development of 35 affordable homes is preparing to welcome its first tenants.

 

The final touches are being put to the properties on the Lakes Estate, Jarrow before new residents are handed the keys next month.

 

 

The scheme is a mix of two and three-bedroomed bungalows and houses and one and two- bedroomed apartments, all for affordable rent.

 

The new homes have been built on land where non-traditional homes were demolished in 2016. They had been due to be refurbished as part of Decent Homes work but investigations revealed the condition of the properties to be far worse than first anticipated.

 

The Borough's independent, not-for-profit housing company, South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust, worked with Esh Property Services to deliver the scheme.

 

Brian Scott, Company Secretary of the Ventures Trust, said: "We're delighted with this scheme.

 

"Residents who lived in the properties which were demolished were given first refusal for the new homes and a number of them have chosen to return.

 

"The Trust was established to build affordable housing in the Borough and we have already delivered over 400 new homes since 2013, with more in the pipeline."

 

 

 

The development, set around a cul-de-sac in the newly-named Thurston Gardens , features open plan front gardens and parking bays for both residents and visitors.

 

Councillors were given a tour of the site as final snagging works are being carried out.

 

Councillor Mark Walsh, Lead Member for Housing and Transport on South Tyneside Council, said: "This is a fantastic development.

 

"The mix of properties means that there will be young families, older people, single people and couples all living on one street, which gives it a real community feel."

 

"Housing has such a major impact on people's lives and providing quality, affordable homes for rent in the Borough is one of our priorities.

 

The project was awarded a £700,000 grant from Homes England (formerly the Homes and Community Agency).

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