This scheme has been developed across two sites owned by Newcastle City Council, with a total of 46 affordable homes.
Newcastle City Council set out a number of housing priorities in its housing statement 2017-2020. One was to deliver new homes to create greater choice and to include older persons accommodation and specialist housing for a range of client groups who require high level care and support.
A total of 21 units have been built at Reestones Place and 25 units at Hartburn Walk providing flexible, inclusive, accessible accommodation to people of all ages across a wider housing offer which has maximised opportunities for independent living to people with support needs.
The specialist accommodation allows residents to have access to on-site support whilst offering greater levels of independence within their own individual space. The design of this accommodation is an important influence on the resident's quality of life.
This project is 100% affordable homes in a mix of housing and tenure type, including general needs houses, older persons and specialist bungalows and older persons Tyneside flats. Tenures include affordable rent and the council's first Rent to Buy properties at Reestones Place.
Partners involved in this development are:
We knew that, as the first council to build Rent to Buy homes, other local authorities would be watching to see how the scheme would work. Now, with residents settling in to their new homes, I think we can safely say that it has been a fantastic success and that Rent to Buy is definitely a model we would consider again in the future if the opportunity comes along.
Cabinet Member for Housing at Newcastle City Council