Work underway on development of 25 affordable homes in Byker

The Roman Avenue development will provide homes for social rent.

Esh’s affordable housing division has commenced work on a development known as Roman Avenue, which will provide 25 new homes for social rent in Byker, Newcastle.

Delivered on behalf of Karbon Homes and supported with funding from Homes England, the scheme will provide 17 houses, with a mix of semi-detached and terraced properties, and eight flats. There will be two blocks of flats – with each block being two-storeys – which will both house four homes. Arranged as Tyneside flats, each property will have their own front door at ground level.

The new homes will be let as ‘social rent’ which ensures they will be truly affordable for local residents, well below local market rents.

The site on Roman Avenue, close to the route of Hadrian’s Wall, has been vacant for some time, having previously been used as a depot for telecommunications giant BT. 

The new homes will benefit from open plan front gardens and 6ft high timber fencing to the back gardens to provide private space. As well as 34 parking spaces and a secure bike shed, Karbon Homes will also install an electric charging point on the development which residents with an electric or hybrid vehicle can use.

Vince Walsh, development manager for Karbon Homes, said: “This is a really well-located site, on the edge of an existing residential area, and close to employment sites, shops and both bus and Metro routes. We’re pleased to be able to bring it forward to deliver a range of affordable homes.” 

The current climate has brought into sharp focus the importance of having a safe and comfortable place to call home. We are delighted to be partnering with Karbon Homes on this development to provide high quality, modern and much needed affordable homes in Newcastle.”

Gary Dobson, Divisional Director at Esh Construction