Council gives go-ahead to Hebburn affordable homes development

An artist's impression of the new homes
An artist's impression of the new homes

Council bosses have given the go-ahead to a affordable rents housing development in South Tyneside.

Twenty houses - all of which are for rental - are to be built on land next to Salcombe Avenue, in Jarrow.

The scheme has been approved by South Tyneside Council’s Planning Committee.

The sheme is being overseen by the council’s independent housing company, South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust.

The development will consist predominantly of bungalows, with some houses and apartments.

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

“We will be starting on site imminently, with the development scheduled for completion next summer.”

He added: “The Trust is well on track to realising its vision of delivering 400 new homes in its first five years.

“231 have already been delivered and a further 158 under construction or in the pipeline.”

The project at Salcolmbe Avenue was awarded a grant of £400,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Coun Allan West, lead member for housing and transport at South Tyneside Council, said: “This is very welcome news.

“This promises to be a fantastic development and I’m looking forward to seeing construction start.

“Housing has such an important role to play in people’s lives and can have a major impact on their health and wellbeing.

“That is why we are committed to providing quality housing to meet local need.”

South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust Ltd is an independent private not-for-profit company which South Tyneside Council and South Tyneside Homes helped to set up in 2013.