DEMOLITION work has started as part of a major regeneration of a residential area in Hartlepool.
Houses have started to come down in the Raby Gardens area of the town 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, which aims to breathe new life into that area of Hartlepool.
Mark Dutton, head of regeneration for Vela Group, which includes Housing Hartlepool, said: “We have started work to regenerate the Raby Gardens site, which will provide high-quality, sustainable housing for rent and affordable home ownership, as part of a four-phase development programme.
“Ongoing demolition works will see 77 empty properties demolished by the end of February, with 33 new two and three-bedroom homes built on the site during the first phase of development.
“The site is part of a network of locations in the area which have been earmarked for regeneration as part of the wider development plan.
“Members of the community have been consulted and their views have been taken on board and reflected in the plans.”
Residents in the properties were notified of the plans when they got the green light in January last year.
The scheme had been in the pipeline for the several years before approval and consultations were carried out with local residents.
Housing chiefs said the properties, which were built in the 1940s, are ageing and in poor condition and the cost of improving the state of the properties would be far more expensive than demolishing them and developing the area with modern and efficient homes.
The area had a mixture of owner occupiers, Housing Hartlepool tenants and some private landlords.
Housing Hartlepool bosses were keen to redevelop the area to fit in with other nearby regeneration schemes.
Chatham Road overlooks the Headway development which is currently still on-going and, when complete, will have seen 179 new family homes built.
Those properties are replacing almost 300 low-demand, obsolete terraced homes that were demolished on the site in 2007.
The Headway scheme has been carried out thanks to a working partnership between Housing Hartlepool, Hartlepool Borough Council and Taylor Wimpey.