A vacant former council office block is set to be demolished and 18 affordable houses built in a regeneration programme in South Tyneside.
Five two-bedroom and 13 three-bedroom properties, and car parking spaces, will be created on the site of Gordon House, in Gordon Street, South Shields.
Gosforth-based Isos Housing Limited has secured £579,000 from the government’s Homes and Communities Agency to part-fund the scheme.
Under its terms, homeowners rent their property at 80% of its market value, allowing them to save for a deposit and buy after five years.
The project is set to gain consent at a meeting of South Tyneside Council’s planning committee next week.
That comes despite a small number of objections from nearby residents, worried about car parking, access to rear yards and other traffic issues.
In its report, the council states: “The proposal is considered to be acceptable in terms of layout and design, impact on the general character of the area, amenities of the neighbours, highway safety and council objective of delivering sustainable development.
“The potential environmental impacts of the proposal would not be harmful.
“All of the proposed dwellings would be considered as being affordable housing, having regard to the buy to rent delivery model being proposed by the applicant and the Home and Communities Agency funding they have secured to help finance it.
“It is recommended that planning committee resolve that it is minded to grant planning permission.”
The homes will be a mix of semi-detached and short terraces of three properties, all with front gardens and at least one parking space.
Isos is one of the largest housing associations in the North East, owning and managing 24,000 homes.