A DOZEN elderly residents from South Tyneside are settling into their new homes after a £1.3m bungalow project.
Built on the site of the former St James Church Parish Hall, the new Derwent Avenue development in Hebburn consists of 12 two-bedroom bungalows, which have been built by developer Keepmoat Homes, in partnership with South Tyneside Council.
The bungalows include features such as improved insulation in walls, windows and the roof, and recycling and waste management measures.
Each one also has car parking and a private rear garden.
Lea Smith, development and regeneration manager for Isos, said: “This is a wonderful little scheme located just off the main road, with access to major bus routes and a range of small convenience shops nearby.
“Most of the residents who have moved into Derwent Avenue have re-located from the local area.
“That means their former homes can be re-let to others in need of high-quality housing.”
The land was acquired from the Roman Catholic diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) contributed more than £300,000 funding.
Coun Allan West, South Tyneside Council’s lead member for housing and transport, said: “What better way to start the new year than by getting the keys to a fantastic new property.
“The properties have been allocated to households on the council’s waiting list.”
Ian Prescott, land and partnerships director from developer Keepmoat Homes, said: “We were pleased to secure the purchase of the site from the Diocese, with whom we have an excellent working relationship.
“We hope that the residents of the bungalows will be happy and safe in their new homes for many years to come.”