A SENIOR councillor says he is “delighted” to see work progressing on a major £9m regeneration programme in the centre of Hartlepool.
A total of 199 houses in Perth Street, Hurworth Street, Grainger Street, Gray Street, Turnbull Street and Raby Road have been knocked down to be replaced with 83 new “high-quality” family homes.
Hartlepool Borough Council is working in partnership with Keepmoat Homes, the Homes and Communities Agency and Housing Hartlepool to re-develop the area.
The latest phase in the multi-million pound regeneration of Raby Road, in Hartlepool, celebrated a major milestone with the opening of the first show home to the public.
Representatives from housing developer Keepmoat joined Labour councillor Robbie Payne, chairman of the regeneration services committee, and residents to officially open the doors to a brand new two-bedroom home.
Work started on the 83-home estate, called Alexandra Square, last September, and is a key part of the North Central Hartlepool Masterplan, which is being funded jointly by Keepmoat, Hartlepool Borough Council and the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
Coun Payne said: “I am delighted to see this very important and long-awaited regeneration scheme taking such a major step forward.
“I would like to thank Keepmoat for their support in developing this site.”
The new homes being built on the site are a mixture of two, three and four bedroom homes, including some “much-needed” bungalows.
The community-led regeneration scheme also involves the construction of 25 affordable homes that will be owned and managed by Endeavour Housing Association.
Christine Harrison, sales director for Keepmoat North East, said: “The feedback we have had from local buyers is excellent, with many praising the development as it allows them to continue to live in Hartlepool rather than having to look for larger homes outside the town.
“With a choice of two, three and four bedroom homes and financial assistance available through the Help to Buy scheme, Alexandra Square is an ideal development for buyers to call home.”
Meanwhile, houses have come down in the Raby Gardens area as part of a plan which will see 77 properties demolished in Raby Gardens, Raby Road, Chatham Gardens and Chatham Road.
The plans are part of Housing Hartlepool’s Raby Road Gardens East Regeneration programme to help further regenerate that area.
For more information about the Keepmoat site visit the sales office in Alexandra Square or call (01429) 818031.