Local launch £265m 1,800-home redevelopment
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Development
Five residents officially started work on the foundations of a long awaited £265 million redevelopment project that will create 1,800 homes over the next 15-20 years.
The five women - Alma Wheeler, Audrey Bushell, Audrey Kennedy, Margaret Cooney and Nelly Ternent - who have lived in Scotswood, Newcastle upon Tyne for 291 years collectively - turned the first turf on the project.
They were joined by representatives of the public/private partnership driving the initiative – The New Tyne West Development Company (NTWDC) - which comprises Newcastle City Council, Barratt Homes and Keepmoat.
With backing from the Homes and Communities Agency, the plan is to provide mainly family homes with over 60% being three and four-bedroom houses.
The first phase will comprise 377 homes – 319 for sale and 58 for rent or shared ownership through the Fabrick Group.
Local Councillor Hazel Stephenson said: “This is a great day for our local community which will soon see the economic and social benefits which will flow from this exciting development.”
Duncan Bowman, development director with NTWDC, said: “I am delighted that, after all the hard work and preparation, we are at a point where house building can begin on this fabulous site.
"All those concerned deserve great credit for making this happen, not least the local residents who have shown great patience and support when things have taken longer than hoped – as is always the case on major projects such as this. The next few weeks and months will be exciting times for us all as we see a new part of Scotswood take shape.”