Jarrow’s Tunnel Club to be demolished to make way for housing

The Tunnel Club Jarrow, former Jarrow Ex-Servicemens Club
The Tunnel Club Jarrow, former Jarrow Ex-Servicemens Club

A FAMOUS South Tyneside social club will be flattened to make way for vitally needed affordable homes for older people.

The council’s planning committee yesterday approved plans for a 48-unit apartment block on the site of the Tunnel Club, formerly the Ex-servicemen’s Club, in North Street, and adjacent land in Jarrow. The club will be demolished 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.

Brian Scott, company secretary of the Ventures Trust, said: “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 benefit from approximately £1m grant funding from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Stephen McCoy, managing director with Galliford Try Partnerships North, added: “Developments of this type are forming an ever-increasing proportion of our work across the region, and we believe it will improve the quality and choice of housing available for people in South Tyneside.”

Coun Allan West, the council’s lead member for housing, said: “The number of older people living in the borough continues to grow, and it is our responsibility to ensure we build the homes people need.”