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Residents see Kibblesworth’s future.

by tac & filed under Community involvement, Gateshead Council, Keelman Homes, Kibblesworth, The Gateshead Housing Company

A recent event brought Kibblesworth’s residents together to view future plans for their new homes and neighbourhood.

Local people attended drop-in sessions at Kibblesworth Millennium Centre to find out more about the 148 sustainable properties being built on the estate.

Keelman Homes – a subsidiary of The Gateshead Housing Company – will build the majority of the homes, with overall site constructor Keepmoat.

The scheme, which is also supported by the Homes and Communities Agency and Gateshead Council, will create 81 new affordable homes to rent, plus 54 additional homes for sale.

In addition, 13 homes will be offered in the future for ‘intermediate rent’ – a unique and flexible way for first-time buyers to get on the housing ladder.

Tenants attending the drop-in sessions were able to view samples of kitchen and bathroom choices for their new homes, and optional ‘extras’ that could be bought such as cookers and carpets.

Area Housing Manager Teresa Smare, said: “The drop-in sessions were a great chance for local residents to ask questions, and see the future planned regeneration of their neighbourhood.”

The drop-in sessions were organised and supported by The Gateshead Housing Company, Gateshead Council, the government’s Homes and Communities Agency, and the overall site constructor Keepmoat.

The £15m Kibblesworth scheme is one of a number of major projects in Gateshead to be supported by the Homes and Communities Agency, which has allocated over £12m to the borough over the past year.