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Homes boost on the cards.

Byline: Sandy Mckenzie

Three major housing schemes on Teesside have been shortlisted for cash backing from the Housing Corporation.

The schemes are being put forward by three of the area's housing associations - Erimus Housing in Middlesbrough, Tees Valley Housing Group and Hartlepool Housing.

All three are members of the Spirit Partnership, which aims to raise standards in social housing in the area.

Cash support for the schemes is being sought from the Housing Corporation's Northern Challenge. They are among 17 schemes in the North of England to be shortlisted.

The corporation's Northern Challenge is designed to support housing schemes which will boost economic regeneration across the region.

The three schemes are:

* Tees Valley Housing Group, working with designer and developer Urban Splash, propose to build 80 homes for rent and sale in North Shore, Stockton. The development is aimed at halting the exodus of young talent and graduates.

* Erimus Housing proposes to develop up to 38 live and work units for rent and sale in central Middlesbrough. The project will be aimed at graduates and professionals wanting to establish themselves in business.

* Housing Hartlepool proposes to develop more than 500 new homes for rent and sale to improve the housing in central Hartlepool. The proposal includes the possibility of developing employment initiatives together with a Community Land Trust to ensure the whole community benefits from regeneration.

Alison Thain, pictured, chief executive of Tees Valley Housing Group, said: "The North Shore proposal is aimed at keeping the talent that comes out of Durham University and the University of Teesside in the region, by creating a place where these graduates would want to live and prosper."

Cath Purdy, Housing Hartlepool's chief executive, said Hartlepool, Stockton and Middlesbrough were all in with a chance of benefiting from three exciting projects.

Bernard Williams, chief executive of Erimus Housing, said: "This will be a key element in the exciting DigitalCity project in Middlesbrough. The accommodation will complement the planned new business incubator units by providing an affordable base for graduates and young professionals."
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Mar 13, 2007
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