Council gives green light to new housing complex in Whitburn

An artist's impression of the new development.
An artist's impression of the new development.

Council bosses have given the go ahead to a new housing development for older people.

The planning committee at South Tyneside Council has approved plans for 36 one and two-bedroomed apartments to be built in Bowman Street, Whitburn.

The homes will be for those over the age of 55 and will be built on the site of former sheltered housing complex Croftside House, which was demolished last year.

The affordable housing scheme will be delivered by the borough's independent housing company, South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust.

The development will feature apartments designed for independent living and communal areas, including a common room and a residents' roof garden.

Building is scheduled to be completed within about 18 months.

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

“We’ve just started a tender process to appoint a construction contractor and will be starting work on site later in the summer.

“The trust is well on track to realising its vision of delivering 400 new homes in its first five years, with over 300 already delivered and a further 63 under construction.”

Homes England awarded the Ventures Trust £1,344,000 for the scheme.

South Tyneside Council's lead member for housing and transport, Coun Mark Walsh, said: “This is very welcome news.

“We have an ageing population and providing the kind of suitable, quality accommodation that older people want and need is a key priority for the council.

“I’m looking forward to seeing this development take shape.”

Coun Tracey Dixon, speaking on behalf of herself and fellow Whitburn and Marsden ward councillors Peter Boyack and Joyce Welsh, added: “This is an exciting milestone.

“We have always reassured residents that there would be a quality new build in place of Croftside and now the wheels are in motion.

“This is going to provide first class accommodation for older people and give the local area a real lift.”

Croftside House was demolished after an assessment of all Housing Plus accommodation in the borough which deemed them outdated and too costly to renovate and maintain.