A dozen elderly residents from South Tyneside are glad to be settling into high specification, highly insulated new bungalows at the coldest time of the year.
The £1.3m Isos development on Derwent Avenue in Hebburn has only recently been completed, with residents able to move into their new homes last month.
Located on the site of the former St. James Church Parish Hall, the new £1.3m development consists of 12 high quality two-bedroom bungalows, which have been built by developer Keepmoat Homes in partnership with South Tyneside Council.
The bungalows meet Level 3 of the Government’s Code for Sustainable Homes and include features such as improved insulation in walls, windows and the roof, and recycling and waste management measures. Each bungalow includes car parking and a private rear garden.
The land for development was acquired from the Roman Catholic diocese of Hexham and Newcastle and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) contributed more than £300,000 of funding towards the new development.
Lea Smith, development and regeneration manager for Isos, said:
“This is a wonderful little scheme located just off the main road with access to major bus routes and a range of small convenience shops nearby. Most of the residents that have moved into Derwent Avenue have re-located from the local area. That means their former homes can be re-let to others in need of high quality housing.”
Ian Prescott, land and partnerships director from developer Keepmoat Homes, said: “We are delighted to have worked in partnership with Isos and South Tyneside Council to deliver these new homes for local people. We know that bungalows of this nature, grouped around small private courtyards and close to local facilities, are in huge demand.
“We were pleased to secure the purchase of the site from the Diocese with whom we have an excellent working relationship. We hope that the residents of the bungalows will be happy and safe in their new homes for many years to come.”
Cllr. Allan West, South Tyneside Council’s lead member for housing and transport, said: “What better way to start the New Year than by getting the keys to a fantastic new property. I’m sure all the residents will be proud to call these bungalows home.
“This development will provide high quality homes to meet the long term needs and aspirations of older people in the borough. The properties have been allocated to households on the Council’s waiting list.”