Posted on Thursday 23 November 2017
Above: the site in Seymour Street, Dunston
Gateshead Council has given the go-ahead today (Thursday November 23, 2017) to the building of the first new council houses to be designed and built by Gateshead Council for 30 years.
At their Council meeting today, councillors agreed to a range of proposals to design and build homes for both sale and rent on a variety of council-owned sites across the borough.
Councillors have agreed to push forward with a programme of building that will include new council houses, as well as commercial and affordable developments, through its own trading company.
Proposals to build seven new homes for rent in Seymour Street, Dunston were agreed – the first new Council homes to be built in three decades - and plans to build an additional 14 new homes on three different sites in Winlaton and Blaydon as supported housing were also announced. Construction is expected to start in early 2018.
Councillors also agreed to the development of 36 new family homes on the former Lyndhurst Secondary School site on Beacon Lough Road. These will be designed and built by the Gateshead Trading Company, a development company wholly owned by Gateshead Council, with 15% of the development classified as affordable homes.
Design work on the schemes at Lyndhurst and Seymour Street is already underway and it is expected that planning applications will be submitted before Christmas.
Gateshead Council is aiming to build 11,000 new homes in Gateshead by 2030 and is working on a range of options to meet this target. The Council already has an innovative agreement with the Gateshead Regeneration Partnership to develop housing across a further 19 sites across the borough.
Gateshead Council’s Cabinet member for Housing, Councillor Malcolm Brain, said:
“The need for new affordable housing has been recognised as a major priority by everyone in the housing sector and I am proud and excited that Gateshead Council is stepping up to the plate and playing its part in improving our housing stock.”
“To commit ourselves to delivering our first new council homes in almost 30 years is an exciting step, and an important one in helping to meet our area’s demand for housing.
“It’s clear that we can’t rely solely on the private sector to deliver what’s needed. We need to tackle this problem ourselves.
“Today’s decision represents an exciting new direction for the Council. I’m confident we have what it takes to really make a difference to people’s lives.”