Work on 35 new homes on former ‘war zone’ South Tyneside estate gets started

From left to right, Brian Scott, of South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust,� Coung Allan West, Coun Fay Cunningham, Coun Margaret Peacock, Graham Morgan, divisional manager of Esh Property Services, and Sean Mcdonagh, chairman of Bede Residents.
From left to right, Brian Scott, of South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust,� Coung Allan West, Coun Fay Cunningham, Coun Margaret Peacock, Graham Morgan, divisional manager of Esh Property Services, and Sean Mcdonagh, chairman of Bede Residents.

Work on a scheme to create new homes on a once beleaguered estate in South Tyneside has got underway.

The construction of 35 houses on the Lakes Estate, in Jarrow, got started yesterday with a sod cutting ceremoney.

We’re delighted to see this scheme get underway

Brian Scott

The site of the homes is the land around Eskdale Drive, with the development set to consist of a mix of bungalows, apartments and houses. They will have open plan front gardens and parking bays for residents and visitors.

The introduction of the homes comes a year after 43 pre-fabricated houses on Eskdale Drive, Coniston Drive and Grasmere Avenue, on the estate, were demolished.

The homes 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 Lakes Estate was once described as being like a ‘war zone’ by a resident before long-awaited work to demolish the properties was delivered.

The borough’s independent housing company, South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust, will work with Esh Property Services – part of Esh Group - to deliver the new scheme.

Brian Scott, company secretary of the Ventures Trust, said: “We’re delighted to see this scheme get underway. All the residents who previously lived on Eskdale Drive have been given first refusal for the new properties. The trust was established to build affordable housing in the borough and we are well on track to achieving our vision of delivering 400 new homes in our first five years.”

Construction is expected to take around 12 months.

Coun Allan West, lead member for housing and transport at South Tyneside Council, said: “This promises to be a great development, with all the different types of houses mixed together and set around a cul-de-sac, helping to create a warm community feel.

“I think anyone living here would be proud to call it home.”

The project was awarded a £700,000 grant from the Homes and Communities Agency.