Homes first for decades

The opening ceremony
The opening ceremony

THE first local authority housing to be built in Hartlepool for decades has been completed in a £4.2m project.

A total of 28 affordable homes have been built off the town’s Station Lane in the first wave of a series of social housing schemes across the town.

The scheme at Golden Meadows is the end result of a partnership between Hartlepool Borough Council, Housing Hartlepool and builders Yuill Homes.

The homes were was built after the town received a £4.2m grant from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to built 82 social rented homes at three Hartlepool sites.

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright cut the ribbon to mark the completion of the development.

He said: “It’s great to see that Hartlepool has become one of the first places in the country to see the return of council houses.

“The Golden Meadows development provides much-needed high quality affordable homes in the town, as well as helping Yuill create more local employment opportunities.”

The development is a mix of two, three and four-bedroom properties and have been designed to be energy and cost efficient to run.

The £4.2m grant, which has been matched by the council, is also funding schemes in Kipling Road and Charles/Surtees Street.

And £2m of the grant is being invested in 68 new eco-homes on Easington Road.

David Curtis, executive director for the Homes and Communities Agency said: “Our role is all about helping to make things happen in local communities, and this is another great example of that local approach in action.”

The homes will be managed by Housing Hartlepool on behalf of the council.

Cath Purdy, group chief executive of the Vela Group, which includes Housing Hartlepool, said: “We were delighted to be chosen as build partners with the council and we are very proud of the quality of new homes that Yuill Construction has delivered.

“It has been a really positive partnership between the three organisations with the end result that the council has brought much-needed new affordable housing to the town.”

Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond said: “I am delighted with these new homes, which will help to address the demand for affordable housing in the town, and this is a great example of how effective partnership working is benefiting the town.”