WORK is underway to deliver 183 new homes in Blaydon, Gateshead, through a partnership between the council and housebuilder Keepmoat Homes.
The development, situated in the Bleach Green area, will consist of 156 two-, three- and four-bedroom homes for private sale by Keepmoat Homes, along with five for shared ownership, 18 for “affordable” rent, and four for rent to buy.
The latter homes will be managed by Keelman Homes, which is owned by Gateshead Council.
“The redevelopment of Bleach Green is another significant step forward in the improvement of Blaydon,” said Blaydon MP, Liz Twist.
“This is an ideal site for a mix of new family homes to buy and rent and the development will bring new construction jobs and families to the area which will support the shopping centre. I’m delighted to see that work is finally under way.”
Councillor Malcom Brain, the council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “We are delighted to see the construction of these much needed 183 new homes get underway here in Blaydon.
“The development also includes 27 affordable homes with six new bungalows to provide for our ageing population.
“This is a challenging site and it is through continued partnership between Homes England, Keelman Homes, Keepmoat Homes and the council that we are able to celebrate start on site today.”
Ian Prescott, land and partnerships director at Keepmoat Homes, added: “We’re delighted to have started work on the first phase of this development, which follows on from the successful redevelopment of the southern section of the Bleach Green estate by Keepmoat some 10 years or so ago.
“We have a strong working relationship with Gateshead Council and I’m pleased that by working together in partnership we have and will be continuing to deliver much needed new homes on challenging, brown field sites within the Borough.”
The site was granted planning permission in December 2018 and the first residents are expected to be able to move into their new homes in March 2020.