Work has started on the first affordable homes in Scotswood’s £265 million redevelopment.
A group of local residents were joined by representatives from the public/private partnership driving the regeneration project – New Tyne West Development Company (NTWDC) - to lay the first bricks of the 58 affordable homes which will be built at The Rise.
A partnership between Newcastle City Council, Barratt/David Wilson Homes and Keepmoat, NTWDC is leading the project in which the first phase of development will comprise 377 homes - including the 58 affordable houses for rent and shared ownership, which will be available through Fabrick Housing Group.
Over the next 15 years 1,800 sustainable homes will be created, rejuvenating Newcastle’s west end. With backing from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), the plan is to provide mainly family homes with over 60% being three and four-bedroomed houses.
The design of The Rise provides green links through to the existing neighbourhood and tiered gardens across the sloping 66 hectare site. All of the properties constructed will incorporate eco-friendly features, with hot water and heating supplied from a neighbourhood energy centre. The project will also include community and commercial facilities, parks and public open spaces.
Throughout the building project, NTWDC will continue to work with 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.
Martin Hawthorne, Group Director of Development and Regeneration with the Fabrick Housing Group said, “This promises to be a superb scheme which will change people’s lives for the better and once again help a neighbourhood develop and thrive in an area famed for its community spirit”.
Margaret Cooney, of Heighley Street, co-chair of the joint working group and a Scotswood resident for 65 years said, “This will help address the shortage of affordable housing in this area and the integration of these homes within the scheme will create a seamless community”.