PLANS for the first new homes to be built as part of a drive to help more people in South Tyneside to get on the property ladder have been given the go-ahead.
More than 400 new houses could be built in the borough over the next five years as part of the Housing Venture project.
Under a new approach, South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust Ltd is to take the lead role in building desperately-needed, affordable homes for rent or shared ownership on behalf of South Tyneside Council.
The new, not-for-profit company will have the chance to access private finance and grant funding in the future that would not otherwise be available to the council.
The first properties to be built under the scheme will be 55 homes in Saxon Way and Stanley Street, Jarrow, after permission was granted by members of the council’s planning committee.
They include 33 two-bedroom houses, 10 three-bedroom houses, 10 one-bedroom flats and two two-bedroom bungalows, and will be targeted at the over-55s.
They will replace some of the homes demolished to make way for the construction of the second Tyne Tunnel.
Work is due to start in the new year.
Coun Mark Walsh, Labour member for Horsley Hill in South Shields, desribed it as an “excellent” scheme as it was passed unanimously.
Meanwhile, 32 new homes are to be built off The Wynde, on the Parkway Estate in South Shields, on the site of the former Kwik Save supermarket and Murtagh Diamond House.
Coun Bill Brady, Labour member for Whiteleas, said: “I welcome this report. This land has been derelict for too long.
“It has been inviting anti-social behaviour, and I am glad it is now being developed.”
The homes will be built by Keepmoat, which is also responsible for the Trinity South development in South Shields, and will include six two-bedroom homes and 26 three-bedroom properties.