Accent is on cosier homes

Some of the houses in Horden which are to be revamped.
Some of the houses in Horden which are to be revamped.
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HUNDREDS of families will have their home revamped under a £15million plan.

Housing association Accent Foundation has will spend the cash on improving nearly 550 properties in Horden, Easington Colliery and Blackhall.

Subject to planning approval, the work, which is due to start in the summer, will include fitting new bathrooms, kitchens, windows and doors, central heating systems and, in some areas, extensions.

In Horden, where 300 homes will undergo refurbishment, pre-fabricated extensions will be replaced with new, pitched-roof, brick-built extensions.

The work, which will also be carried out on 100 homes in Easington Colliery and 147 in Blackhall, is expected to take about 12 weeks on each property.

The first homes to be refurbished will be in the Northumberland Street area of Horden.

Next year, the project will move on to the numbered streets, Park Avenue, School Avenue and West Avenue in Blackhall and the C streets and Station Road in Easington Colliery.

In the third year it will return to Horden, where the improvements will be made to homes in the numbered streets and named streets.

Accent will move residents into temporary homes while the work is carried out and staff will keep them informed with how it is progressing.

Residents have been consulted about the improvements and helped to prioritise some of the work that will be done.

They will also be able to choose the colours and styles of some of their new fixtures and fittings, such as tiles and work surfaces.

Local area manager Wanda Graham, who manages all Accent’s homes across the North East, said: “It’s great to see this money being invested into Horden, Easington Colliery and Blackhall. We worked closely with our residents to agree what work should be done, and it will greatly improve their homes and services.

“Non-Accent residents will also benefit, as our work will also help to improve the look and feel of the surrounding community.”

The landlord has appointed a consultant, RNJ, which will visit residents shortly to carry out a detailed survey of each home.

Residents in Horden who do not rent from the organisation but live on the same streets as its tenants have also been consulted about the plans.

Accent has said it will try to cause as little noise and inconvenience as possible to all residents, not just those living in Accent Homes, while work goes on.