BUILDING work has started on 83 new family homes as part of a £9m regeneration scheme.
The scheme in Dyke House, Hartlepool, is a key part of the North Central Hartlepool Masterplan and is being funded jointly by Hartlepool Borough Council, a Government agency and a developer.
It aims to breathe new life into a once run-down part of the town and will replace almost 200 former terraced homes off Raby Road.
The building work follows the demolition of houses in Perth Street, Hurworth Street, Grainger Street, Gray Street, Turnbull Street and Raby Road which was completed in July.
The old Rovers Quoit Club, in Grainger Street, was also knocked down as part of the scheme and has been relocated in Easington Road.
The new homes are a mixture of two, three and four bedroom homes, including some bungalows. Most will be put up for sale and are hoped to appeal to first time buyers.
Councillor Robbie Payne, chair of Hartlepool Council’s regeneration services committee, hailed the start of the work as a major milestone.
Coun Payne said: “It has taken six years to reach this point and I’d like to congratulate the council’s own staff and our partners for their commitment and support in bringing this important project to fruition.
“The new family homes which will include parking and gardens to meet modern aspirations, will be a massive improvement on the previous properties, and the scheme allied to other nearby improvements such as the successful Headway development and the redevelopment of Easington Road is another big boost for North Hartlepool and the town as a whole.”
The Government’s Homes and Communities Agency has provided £131,000 to build 25 affordable new homes which will be managed by Endeavour Housing.
Richard Bass, new build managing director for Keepmoat Homes, said: “It is great to see work starting on the development, which will not only provide high quality, new homes for local people but it will also help transform this part of the town into a thriving new community.
“There will be a mix of house types and styles that will appeal to many first time buyers and families and we will be opening a sales office for people to view plans and find out more information.”
The first 16 are due to be completed by next March, and the rest by 2015.