A site in Middlesbrough that has lain vacant since being demolished several years ago is now being put back to use as a new housing development gets underway.
Housing provider Thirteen is working to deliver the first phase of a new 92-home development on Bishopton Road, Grove Hill. The site has been used for housing before, but the properties that existed previously had been demolished as part of a large regeneration project.
Now the site is finally being transformed, as a range of two-, three-, and four-bedroom homes are built by development partner, Galliford Try Partnerships North, with funding support from Homes England.
The new homes will be offered to local people for “low cost” rent, but also some properties will be available to buy under shared ownership, Thirteen said.
“We’re really pleased to have started work on these new homes, which will address the demand for affordable housing in Middlesbrough,” said Ian Wardle, Thirteen’s chief executive.
“It’s a fantastic housing and regeneration project which will bring investment to the area and create local jobs during construction. We’re looking forward to working closely with partners to deliver a development which will enhance the area and create a positive legacy for years to come.”
Councillor Lewis Young, Middlesbrough Council’s executive member for economic development and infrastructure, added: “Middlesbrough is fast becoming a place people want to invest, work and live in, and a diverse housing offer plays a vital role in our strategy to attract businesses and people to our city, as well as provide good quality homes to our current residents.
“Providing affordable housing is an especially important component to our overall housing strategy. We are often asked about our plans for brownfield sites especially in relation to housebuilding, and the Grove Hill development is a perfect example of what Middlesbrough Council and its partners are doing to see brownfield sites brought back into use.”
Alastair Haworth, senior specialist for public sector land at Homes England, said: “Homes England works with partners to ensure that affordable homes are built wherever they are needed. It’s fantastic to see how the funding that we’ve provided to Thirteen, is making a real difference in delivering modern accommodation for people in Middlesbrough.”
Sean Egan, managing director with Galliford Try Partnerships North, said: “We are delighted to have been selected by Thirteen to deliver this major housing initiative on Teesside. Our core business is providing homes, of all tenures, which improve the quality and choice of housing across the region.”
Thirteen is building 2,000 new “affordable” homes across the Tees Valley and beyond over the next few years. The homes at Grove Hill are expected to be ready from spring 2019.