A NEW £7m ‘green’ housing development in South Tyneside has welcomed its first residents.
Tenants have moved into 20 homes in School Street, Hebburn, provided by not-for-profit housing provider Four Housing Group.
The 71-property scheme has been developed on a former brownfield site, which has lain empty since the early 1990s.
Complementing South Tyneside Council’s regeneration plans for Hebburn town centre, the School Street development will provide 36 homes available for rent and 35 new homes available for sale under shared ownership.
Dawn Keightley, Four Housing Group’s director of operations, said: “It is a milestone moment for us to move the first residents into School Street.
“We hope they will fully enjoy and make the most out of their new homes and surrounding facilities in Hebburn.
“We have worked closely with the local community to ensure the development meets their key needs.
“It quickly became apparent that local residents wanted a greener environment with a local food-growing provision, which we have provided by including allotments across the development.
“The priority of the School Street development was to create 100 per cent affordable housing for the community.
“We anticipate it will give local people the opportunity to get themselves on to the property ladder.”
All of the houses in the new development achieve Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, which indicates a 44 per cent improvement on CO2 reduction through better insulation and solar panels.
The project has also seen 12 construction jobs created by Esh Property Services, which is building the homes.
Alan Rose, contracts manager for Esh Property Services, said: “Supporting local people and communities is a very important part of the way we work at Esh Group.
“We are pleased that these 12 men have found training and employment and had the opportunity to develop their skills.
“We are genuinely delighted with their progress and are expecting all employees to continue in their new roles.
“We have been particularly impressed with the soft landscaping works carried out by the Groundworks team and we are hopeful of being able to use them on other contracts as sub-contractors going forward.”
It is hoped the School Street scheme will be completed in August.