Work has started on a £900,000 council housing scheme in Sunderland which will see five bungalows built for people aged over 55.
Sunderland City Council is working with North East construction company Tolent on the scheme in Shiney Row in Houghton-le-Spring.
The Homes England-backed development will see five two-bedroom bungalows made available for over-55s for affordable rent.
The development is the council’s third new-build scheme in its £59 million five-year programme to create a more diverse mix of homes in Sunderland.
Cllr Rebecca Atkinson, dynamic city portfolio holder, said: “We’re thrilled to see work move forward on these important new properties that will cater for our older residents, who might require a more accessible home but still wish to remain independent.
“It is vital that, as a council, we step in to complement the schemes that others are delivering
, to ensure we fulfil the housing priorities of the city. Developments like this one allow us to do just that, building much-needed bungalows across Sunderland that will help older members of our community lead independent lives, and free up larger homes for families.”
The properties at Boult Terrace will provide one-storey accommodation for older residents as part of the council’s five-year affordable housing programme.
The local authority has committed to bring over 360 empty properties into use as family homes over the next five years. It also aims to deliver 117 new build bungalows and create 95 new homes as supported accommodation.
Homes England has supported the project at Stanley Terrace with a £195,000 investment.
Chris Price, regional director for Tolent, said: “Our successful partnership with the council is delivering more than 30 new homes in the city, all of which are creating high quality housing for a variety of needs, including these much needed bungalows for older people in Shiney Row.
“As a considerate contractor, we’re also providing local employment opportunities, supporting apprenticeships and introducing a number of staff wellbeing initiatives over the course of the five-month build programme.”
Andrea Taylor, senior manager at Homes England, said: “Despite the current challenges affecting the country, accelerating housebuilding remains our number one priority.
“We are committed to supporting Sunderland City Council who have ambitions to build new homes, and our investment through affordable housing grant allows us to do that. We’re delighted that this funding will enable Sunderland City Council to deliver much needed new homes in Shiney Row.”
Sunderland City Council recently returned to housebuilding after once again becoming a registered housing provider, renting out its first homes in over 20 years last year.