Newcastle City Council
Rebecca Wayman

Newcastle City Council and Tolent get £6.9m housing scheme underway

A new £6.9m council scheme is coming to Newcastle to deliver 46 new homes.

The housing project started today (July 8), and is Newcastle City Council’s latest projects to achieve priorities included in the housing statement for 2017-2020.

The houses will be deemed ‘affordable’, and will be available for rent and create more independent living areas for the community.

Councillor Linda Hobson, cabinet member for Housing at Newcastle City Council, said: “Newcastle is a diverse city and by working in partnership with Tolent and with funding support from Homes England this site will offer a range of housing options, including supported accommodation that will help meet the housing needs of all our residents.

“The range of good quality homes on this site make it an attractive choice for everyone, from young families to older people, and is an excellent example of how building new houses can help create communities.”

The £6.9m development in Kenton will include family homes, accommodation for the elderly and bungalows for people with learning disabilities, autism or both, who need support to live independently.

The scheme, which is set across two sites on Hartburn Walk and Reestones Place, includes bungalows and Tyneside flats available for affordable rent by people aged 55 or over as well as a mix of 21 two, three and four-bedroom homes.

Gateshead-based contractor Tolent was awarded the scheme and work has begun across both sites with a view to completing the job in early 2020.

Chris Price, regional director for Tolent, added: “With the addition of this new scheme, we’re currently on six sites across the city, delivering over 200 quality, new homes on behalf of Newcastle City Council.

“We’ve got experience in delivering over £800m worth of affordable housing projects. And not only do we help create great places to live, but we always look to offer local employment opportunities, and this scheme in Kenton will be no different.”

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