Construction of 62 new affordable homes – including 20 for Gateshead’s Jewish community - is underway.

Unique housing initiative begins in Gateshead

Construction of 62 new affordable homes – including 20 for Gateshead’s Jewish community – is underway.

The Gateshead Regeneration Partnership (GRP) is using finance created from the sale of around 50 houses to be built elsewhere in the borough to part fund the project in Hyde Park Street.

The innovative initiative – which is also being supported by Homes England – unlocks the potential of the 2.88 acre site, formerly occupied by terraced housing, which has stood empty for more than a decade due to prohibitive redevelopment costs.

GRP comprises Gateshead Council, housing, construction and regeneration specialist Vistry North East and affordable housing provider Home Group – which will offer 42 of these new homes for affordable rent and shared ownership.

The development of 20 specially designed homes for Jewish residents has been made possible by a collaboration involving Adler Housing – a registered provider of social housing under the Jewish Community Council of Gateshead – London based Agudas Israel Housing Association and Homes England.

Large enough to accommodate extended families, features in these homes include a room with a sukkah – a retractable roof – and kitchens compatible with observance of Kosher dietary practices, including two sinks and sufficient counter space.

Chaya Spitz, CEO with Agudas Israel Housing Association, said:

“I am delighted that this exciting initiative, which has been many years in the planning, is coming to fruition, thanks to joint working by our colleagues from Gateshead Regeneration Partnership and the local Jewish community.”

Eli Halberstadt, chair of Adler Housing, commented:

“We are delighted that the Gateshead Jewish community has the opportunity to provide high quality, bespoke housing which would provide ample living space for families. We are especially pleased to partner with Agudas Israel on this project.”

Kitson Keen, Director of Development at Home Group, added:

“This is an excellent example of collaborative working which is delivering much needed affordable homes in the Gateshead borough.”

Cllr. John Adams, Gateshead Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said

“As a local resident I know this area and the local community are crying out for family homes with gardens, so I’m delighted we have been able to play a positive role to make this development happen.”

Sean Egan, Managing Director with Vistry North East, said:

“It was a long and complex process to align all the partners but we can now see the value of our efforts as we start work on homes that will meet the diverse housing needs of local people and unlock the potential of this piece of unused land.”

The development which made the affordable homes initiative possible is the construction of two to five bedroomed homes on the site of the former Hookergate School in High Spen.  Work here is well underway with the first homes expected to be available later this year.

GRP’s vision is to create around 2,500 new homes on 16 sites across the borough in a £350 million initiative.  To date around 500 have been built on eight sites.  As well as improving housing quality and choice, the initiative is providing job and training opportunities – a minimum of 25% of which go to local people – and an economic uplift – a quarter of the supply budget is committed to businesses within the borough.


Gateshead Regeneration Partnership is a joint venture involving Gateshead Council, Vistry Group and Home Group.  It plans to build over 2,000 new homes on 16 greenfield and brownfield sites across the borough – sharing the risks and rewards of development.

The council has pledged to reinvest any profits from the venture into neighbourhoods to create great places to live now and in the future.

The sites will cover 70 hectares of land and the homes – as well as being among the best insulated and energy-efficient in the UK – will greatly improve the choice of housing available to people wanting to live in Gateshead.

The Vistry Group is the UK’s leading provider of affordable mixed tenure homes.  Our purpose, as a responsible developer, is to work in partnership to deliver sustainable homes, communities and social value, leaving a lasting legacy of places people love.

A young and dynamic business with a partnerships-led approach, delivered under our Countryside Partnerships brand, and an exciting timber-frame manufacturing operation called Vistry Works, running three factories and supporting our drive towards net zero.

Delivering thousands of homes every year for the affordable and private market places, Vistry Group also has an unmatched portfolio of retail brands, each with a rich history and strong reputation: Linden Homes, Bovis Homes and Countryside Homes.

We are a multi award-winning housebuilder and the Group has again been awarded the 5 Star Rating by the Home Builders Federation following the latest industry’s Customer Satisfaction Survey.

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Home Group: With a turnover of over £360m, Home Group is one of the UK’s largest providers of high-quality housing, integrated health and social care.

Home Group supports close to 120,000 customers across 55,000 properties in England, Scotland and Wales, which includes around 26,000 people with mental and physical health issues.

Home Group is on target to reach its goal to build 10,000 new homes by 2022, and is being supported by Persona, its own outright sale arm which it launched in 2018. All profits from Persona are reinvested to build more social and affordable homes.

Agudas Israel Housing Association (AIHA) aims to provide good quality homes to meet housing need in the Orthodox Jewish community.  It owns over 900 homes primarily in London and Salford, including general needs housing, supported and sheltered housing and care homes.  This is AIHA’s first project in the North East of England.