Construction has started on 30 new affordable homes on a the site of a former derelict Newcastle pub.
Aspire Housing’s Birch House Road development will provide a mix of high-quality affordable houses and flats for rent on the vacant Crackley site that previously held the former Hulstone pub, Aspire-owned shops and a community centre.
The £3.3 million investment saw the demolition of the derelict pub in 2016, before a partnership with Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council brought the neighbouring former community centre into the plans for a comprehensive regeneration scheme.
Dan Gray, Executive Director of Property at Aspire Housing, said: “We bought the pub at auction in 2016 with the intention of regenerating the site and providing much-needed affordable housing.
“Since the Hulstone pub closed more than ten years ago, the site has not only been unattractive, but also became a magnet for anti-social behaviour.
“Work is now underway and we’re excited at the prospect of transforming the area with a boost of high-quality new homes to fulfil the high demand for affordable housing in this area and uplift the neighbourhood.”
Planning has been approved for Aspire Housing to build 10 two-bed houses, 12 three-bed houses, two two-bed bungalows and six one-bed flats designed specifically for older people.
The development will be supported with a £1.2 million government grant from Homes England.
Hawk Developments has been contracted to build the new homes, with the Birch House Road development creating potential employment opportunities for a number of tradespeople on the site.
Matt Edwards, Company Director of Hawk Developments, said: “We are excited to work with Aspire on this project which will assist in providing new housing and job prospects to the area.
“We strive to efficiently build high quality homes that Aspire will be proud of.”