Work starts on 22 new homes started

PLANS: Chairman of Housing Hartlepool, Peter Olsen, Damian Southworth, of Gus Robinson Developments with Mayor Stuart Drummond with plans for the housing development
PLANS: Chairman of Housing Hartlepool, Peter Olsen, Damian Southworth, of Gus Robinson Developments with Mayor Stuart Drummond with plans for the housing development
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CONSTRUCTION work has now started on a £1.9m housing development which will see even more homes built in Hartlepool.

The Vela Group, which includes Housing Hartlepool and Tristar Homes, is transforming the site of a former nursing home that will see 22 two and three-bedroom high-quality homes developed in Monmouth Grove, Throston.

The properties are being built by local firm Gus Robinson Developments after the land was sold to the Vela Group by Hartlepool Borough Council earlier this year.

Homes will be built to the highest standards of modern construction and will be very thermally efficient, making them economical to run.

The development is expected to be completed by next August and will include homes on affordable rent, market rent and a rent-to-buy basis, giving residents the option to become home owners as their financial circumstances improve.

Sarah Fawcett, head of development at the Vela Group, said: “Vela is committed to helping people struggling to get access to good quality homes in a variety of occupancies.

“This development will offer some flexibility to people looking to rent or buy a home from us.

“The development will also enhance the neighbourhood by transforming an unsightly, empty piece of land into an area boasting modern, stylish homes.”

She added: “We are delighted to be working with a local company to deliver this scheme as we recognise that this also brings a valuable boost to the town’s economy.”

Mayor of Hartlepool, Stuart Drummond, said: “Hartlepool Borough Council is keen to play a role in helping to increase the provision of good quality, affordable housing for local people.

“Working closely with Vela and local developers is one way of meeting the town’s housing shortage.”

Damian Southworth, chief executive of Gus Robinson Developments, said: “Gus Robinson Developments is proud of its reputation as a builder of high quality homes.

“We have established a strong track record working with Vela to provide economic and desirable homes for the town’s residents.”