New housing started on £350m regeneration project
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing
Work has begun on the first of 19 new housing developments for Gateshead as a £350 million regeneration scheme gathers pace.
Gateshead Regeneration Partnership (GRP) has started work on the site off Mount Pleasant Road having secured planning permission for the first 47 homes.
In total, 193 three, four and five-bed sustainable homes will be built at the site.
The project will ultimately deliver 2,400 new homes to Gateshead, 25% of which will be 'affordable'.
The regeneration project, which has been hailed as one of the most ambitious housing regeneration projects seen in Gateshead in decades and one of the largest of its kind currently in the UK, aims to transform the amount and quality of housing built across the borough and breathe new life into local communities.
Gateshead Council’s cabinet member for housing, cllr Catherine Donovan, said: “Today is ground breaking in more than just the literal sense. This is the start of an ambitious and unique venture that will provide high quality homes in communities right across Gateshead. The demand for homes has probably never been higher, which makes this project all the more important.
“We are determined to focus on regeneration and upon providing desirable homes for a wide variety of people, particularly families. This partnership brings together the best elements of public, private and not for profit sectors to deliver real opportunities for Gateshead people.”
The homes will be built to a much higher specification than standard new homes, including much more interior space. They will also be around 25% more energy efficient compared to standard new build homes.
Gateshead Regeneration Partnership development director Phil Brown added: “We have worked extensively with local residents to develop a scheme which best meets the housing needs of local people both now and in the future.
“The project as a whole will help to bridge the gap which exists for high quality, sustainable and affordable homes, and we’re looking forward to progressing work on site as quickly as possible.”