Affordable housing scheme for over 55s in Jarrow gets go-ahead

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PLANS for an affordable housing apartment block for the over 55s on the site of of a South Tyneside club have won the green-light.

South Tyneside Council’s Planning Committee has approved plans for the 48-unit apartment block on the site of the Tunnel ex-servicemen’s club on North Street and adjacent land in Jarrow.

The development will see the demolition of existing buildings to make way for one and two-bedroom properties plus parking and landscaping.

The Borough’s new independent housing company, South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust, will work in partnership with construction firm Galliford Try Partnerships North on the scheme.

Brian Scott, Company Secretary of the Ventures Trust, said: “We’re delighted that the application has been approved.

“These properties have been designed to incorporate the latest best practice for older people’s housing and will be ‘care ready’; enabling tenants to maintain their independence in their own home if their needs change.

“The Trust was established to build affordable housing in the Borough and we are already well on track to achieving our vision of delivering 400 new homes in our first five years.”

Work is scheduled to start on site in May.

The development will be benefit from about £1m in funding from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Councillor Allan West, South Tyneside Council’s Lead Member for Housing and Transport, said: “This is very welcome news. The number of older households living in the Borough continues to grow and it is our responsibility to ensure we build the homes people need.

“This development will provide the much-needed quality housing that older residents want.