THE first tenants have moved into a new housing development in Hartlepool – and it’s turned to be a real family affair.
Carole Walls and her husband Mark have been enjoying spending time in their new home on the site of the £8m new build project in Alexandra Square, which has been developed in partnership between Endeavour Housing Association, Keepmoat Homes, the Homes and Communities Agency and Hartlepool Council.
Mrs Walls’ daughter, Claire Bloor, has also moved into one of the new homes at Alexandra Square, with her husband Stephen and her two youngest children, Elliott, aged nine, and four-year-old Jacob.
The Walls, who have been married for almost 30 years, have always lived in Hartlepool and already feel very settled in their new home, which has been built off Raby Road.
Mrs Walls, who works as a cook at a local nursing home, said: “I love my house. I’m born and bred in Hartlepool.
“I lived over in the West View area before and this is the first time I’ve lived on this side of town. My new neighbours are all so lovely. It’s great.
“My son and his children live further away, but my daughter is just around the corner. It’s wonderful to be near some of the family.”
Mrs Walls added: “It’s great to be able to see the young grandkids and to have them nearby.”
Angela Lockwood, group chief executive at North Star Housing Group, which includes Endeavor Housing Association, said: “We’re very pleased to be able to welcome Mrs Walls and her family to Alexandra Square and we wish them, and all our tenants, all the best in their new home.
“Mrs Walls’ family is amongst the first in this brand new fledgling community in the heart of Hartlepool.
“We’re hoping that this new development will help grow a strong sense of community and long term sustainability in the area.
Mrs Walls, 60, added: “I can’t wait for the rest of the houses to be finished so more people can move in.”
Ian Prescott, land and partnerships director at Keepmoat, said: “Alexandra Square proves that the construction of affordable, high-quality housing alongside attractive and spacious new private housing can regenerate a neighbourhood and transform a local community.
“The fantastic reaction we’ve had from Mrs Walls and other local residents about these new homes is a testament to the comprehensive work that has been carried out by all the partners on this project.”
Councillor Robbie Payne, chairman of Hartlepool Council’s regeneration services committee, said: “This development is partnership working at its best.
“I am delighted that the residents who have moved in already feel at home and part of a community.”