Five local women, who have lived in Scotswood for 291 years collectively, officially started work on the foundations of a long awaited project that will transform their community.
Alma Wheeler, Audrey Bushell, Audrey Kennedy, Margaret Cooney, and Nelly Ternent*, turned the first turf on the £265 million redevelopment program which will create a 1,800 home sustainable neighbourhood over the next 15-20 years.
They were joined by representatives of the public/private partnership driving the initiative – The New Tyne West Development Company (NTWDC) - which comprises Newcastle City Council, Barratt Homes and Keepmoat.
With backing from the Homes and Communities Agency, the plan is to provide mainly family homes with over 60% being three and four-bedroom houses.
The first phase will comprise 377 homes – 319 for sale and 58 for rent or shared ownership through the Fabrick Group. The design provides green links through to the existing neighbourhood and tiered gardens across the sloping 66 hectare site.
As well as high quality, eco-friendly family homes, being supplied with hot water and heating from a neighbourhood energy centre - the project will include community and commercial facilities, parks and public open spaces.
Throughout the building project, New Tyne West Development Company will continue to work with local the local community, schools, training and employment providers, along with business support agencies to increase opportunities for local people and firms.
Already a commitment has been made to employ six apprentices during this first phase of building and workshops have been held to help small local firms bid to be part of the programme.