Rundown post-war flats to be demolished to make way for new family homes

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Demolition of outdated blocks of flats in South Tyneside is set to begin.

The six, low-rise blocks at Farding Square, Marsden, South Shields, are due to be cleared to make way for family homes.

This is a great location and a new development of family homes will give the area a real lift.

Almost all residents have now been moved to suitable alternative accommodation nearby.

The 72, two and three-bedroomed flats were built in the 1950s, and would have needed about £7m to bring them up to modern standards. One of the blocks is now empty and demolition is scheduled to begin in early summer.

Coun Allan West, lead member for housing and transport at South Tyneside Council, said: “These properties were built in the post-war era and no longer meet the needs and expectations of modern living.

“The blocks would need major structural work and internal improvements as well as investment to create disability access and parking, with the costs running into millions. We are committed to providing high-quality homes and with that in mind we are replacing these outdated flats with a mixed-tenure development of family homes.

“Our officers have worked very closely with residents to find them alternative homes and ensure as little disruption as possible .”

Just 11 tenants remain in the flats, with the rest given priority for alternative properties.

Whitburn and Marsden ward councillor, Coun Tracey Dixon, said: “This is a great location and a new development of family homes will give the area a real lift.

“We’ve had a tremendous amount of support from residents both in Farding Square and the surrounding estate.

“Demolition will allow us to invest in new and better housing and continue our programme of regeneration and renewal.”

The Farding Lake Court Housing Plus scheme is not affected by the demolition.