New homes for older people underway in South Shields

Coun Ed Malcolm with South Tyneside Homes' Gary Kirsop and South Tyneside Housing Venture's Barry Scott, at Edhill Avenue, Simonside.
Coun Ed Malcolm with South Tyneside Homes' Gary Kirsop and South Tyneside Housing Venture's Barry Scott, at Edhill Avenue, Simonside.

Construction of new homes for older people has officially got under way in South Shields.

Two bungalows and two apartments are being built on the disused site of a former children’s home in Edhill Avenue, in the Simonside area of the town.

South Tyneside Homes’ Property Services is carrying out the build, which is scheduled for completion next spring.

Once completed, the two-bedroomed properties will be available to the over 55s for affordable rent through South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust.

Coun Ed Malcolm, ward councillor for Simonside and Rekendyke and chairman of South Tyneside Homes, said: “This development is going to provide quality, affordable accommodation for older people in the area.

“The site has been derelict for some time so it’s great for it to be brought back into use, helping to meet local housing need.

“It is the first in a series of schemes that will be built by South Tyneside Homes’ Property Services and I am looking forward to seeing the end result.”

The development project was awarded £80,000 in grant funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

Brian Scott, company secretary of South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust, added: “The borough’s population is ageing and developments such as this help provide the kind of accommodation those older people want and need and that will help promote independent living.

“It is a huge challenge to build the affordable homes we need and the establishment of the Ventures Trust has been a great leap forward in meeting that demand.”