£1.9m Throston housing scheme will provide affordable homes

The site for the new homes in Monmouth Grove, Throston Grange.

The site for the new homes in Monmouth Grove, Throston Grange.

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HOUSING bosses say a new development will bring “much-needed” affordable accommodation to Hartlepool.

It comes as Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee unanimously backed £1.9m plans to build 22 new houses in Monmouth Grove, Throston, Hartlepool.

The Vela Group development on the brownfield site is a mix of two and three-bedroom house and will be built by town firm Gus Robinson Developments.

The site is currently owned by Hartlepool Borough Council, but is in the process of being sold to the Vela Group.

Ahead of the meeting, there has been no letters of objection, just one email raising concerns about the future of trees on the site.

Councillors unanimously backed the plans at a recent meeting.

The application asked for full planning permission for 22 houses, of which 11 will be offered for “affordable rent” managed by the Vela Group, which includes Tristar Homes and Housing Hartlepool.

The rest will be available for market rent and rent to sale, which gives people who start by renting the opportunity to buy if their circumstances change.

Sarah Fawcett, head of development at Vela, said: “This development of 22 properties will bring much needed affordable housing to the town in a stylish development.

“The £1.9m investment encompasses the construction of two and three bedroomed houses.

“They will be built to the highest standards with many environmentally friendly features making them very economical to run.

“We are delighted to be working with Gus Robinson Developments to progress this scheme.”

She added: “Building will start this autumn with the homes scheduled to be completed 12 months later.

“The properties will be available on a mix of tenures including affordable rent and flexible tenure including a rent-to-sale basis where the householder has the option to buy as their financial circumstances change.”

There are plans for 38 parking spaces on the site, which is bound to the north by bungalows in Tenby Walk and to the south by properties in Flint Walk.