Mayor praises innovative housing scheme

Placefirst Published Monday, 19th June 2017

HARTLEPOOL’S Mayor has praised the work being carried out to create a brand new residential community within walking distance of Hartlepool’s town centre.

Councillor Paul Beck gave his ringing endorsement during a recent visit to The Green, Placefirst’s new development off Hart Lane.

The specialist build-to-rent developer is working in partnership with Hartlepool Council to remodel what were once derelict terraced houses in a multi-million pound regeneration scheme that will see more than 170 transformed into 73 new homes for private rent.

The first new homes were unveiled at a three-day “Open House” heritage event earlier this month which attracted over 200 visitors and keen interest from would-be tenants.

Speaking after attending the event, Councillor Beck said: “You can’t fail to be impressed by the work that is being carried out by Placefirst.

“Although the shells of the traditional 19th century terraced properties have been retained and improved to provide the unique character of the development, the biggest change has occurred inside the properties where a high-quality refurbishment gives the homes a modern, airy feel.

“I would like to congratulate Placefirst on the work carried out to date and I look forward to the future creation of the new urban park that will form the centrepiece of this innovative new development.

“This is another significant housing regeneration scheme that is helping to breathe new life into Hartlepool town centre by replacing low-demand, run-down terraced properties with modern, high-quality homes.”

Placefirst are transforming the empty Victorian properties through a “back to brick” approach to refurbishment that includes new internal room layouts, improved energy performance and the retention of attractive period features such as high ceilings and large windows. Residents can also personalise their new homes with a choice of internal finishes, including kitchens, flooring and internal decoration.

The proposed new urban park will include landscaped lawns, a children’s play area and a community events space.

David Smith-Milne, Managing Director of Placefirst, commented: “We want to thank the people of Hartlepool for attending our open event in such large numbers and with such overwhelming positivity.  Hundreds of families, couples, retired households and even other local authorities attended the day and the feedback received was exceptional.  We have been inundated with applications for the homes and we could rent three times as many as there are available.  Our resident services team are working with our construction team to make sure there are enough properties to meet the overwhelming level of demand and we will be contacting everyone who has applied in the next few days.” 

Anyone wishing to know more about the homes available at The Green should contact Placefirst directly on 0300 555 5564 or email thegreen@placefirst.co.uk

Photo caption: Hartlepool’s Mayor and Mayoress, Councillor Paul Beck and Mrs Mary Beck, with Martin Ellerby from Placefirst.

Press release pr25762. June 19 2017.
Issued by Steve Hilton, Senior Public Relations Officer, on (01429) 284065.