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New homes set to be built at old office site.

HOUSES could be built on the site of former offices under a new scheme.

Affordable housing provider Home Group plans to construct seven new family homes in North Tyneside.

The Old Star House site, in Wallsend, used to act as an office for dozens of workers from the Gosforth-based business.

But, following improvements to working practices, which saw some staff relocate to head office and others spend more time working in the community, the offices on Wilson Street became surplus to use.

Now the site will be used to provide seven two and three-bedroom family homes.

As Home Group already owns the land, the homes are being built at a cost of PS600,000. The Homes and Communities Agency has contributed PS200,000.

Emma Richardson, project manager, said: "Our office on Wilson Street served us well for many years but by adopting modern technology we've been able to help staff spend more time working with our customers without the need to return to an office.

"That meant that Old Star House was sitting empty so we thought we'd use it to meet the need for affordable housing which exists in the area."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 31, 2014
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