We've unveiled the first new Town Houses at Smith's Dock in North Shields - the first phase in the creation of a new neighbourhood on the Tyne.

In a joint venture partnership with Urban Splash we opened the doors to the first 24 Town Houses, known as The Plateau, which are now on sale with prices from £285,000.

Alongside the Mayor of North Tyneside Norma Redfearn, more than 450 people attended the launch weekend, which included a pop-up exhibition to celebrate the area's rich heritage. Visitors were treated to a special 'Smith's Dock' blend of coffee produced by a local coffee shop, which was launched at the event.

Places for People's Mary Parsons added: "I'm delighted that we have launched for sale the first homes at Smith's Dock. The Plateau is the first of many developments here as we strive to create a fantastic new waterfront community, breathing life into a cherished area and home to much of North Shields' heritage."

Renowned architect and Channel 4's property star George Clarke also announced his plans to create 10 further modular 'FAB Houses' on Smith's Dock. He explained: "For 15 years now I've watched the modular market and waited to make my move. Smith's Dock was the perfect opportunity for me - primarily because I get to be a part of this ambitious regeneration project, but also because I can bring my passion for raising the standard of UK homes through modular development."

Guy Ackernley of Urban Splash said: "Both the Town Houses and George's FAB House vision are great examples of modular housing in practice - plus the accelerated development process means people will imminently be living here which is great news for the local community who are so keen to see this area flourish into a new place to live, work and play."

The Town Houses are just the first element of Smith's Dock; the historic former shipyard will ultimately feature a further 800 homes - 80 waterfront apartments known as Smokehouse have already been granted planning permission and are currently under construction to help bring forward workspaces, watersports, retail areas and public parks.

For more information visit www.smithsdock.co.uk.

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