Apartments are light and bright

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In response to the letter published in the News Guardian (January 8) regarding natural light in the council’s new retirement accommodation, I thought it may be helpful to clarify the layout.

During the lifetime of the project, various options were considered on the particular issue of ‘windows in kitchens’.

Design options were discussed with both current and future tenants; and bidding architects made a point to visit each and every scheme to talk to existing tenants about design ideas and to hear their ideas.

The agreed design was incorporated within the ‘mock up’ apartments available for tenants to view last year and the feedback from these visits was extremely positive.

In order to maximise natural light in the apartments, our architects developed an open plan layout for the living and kitchen areas, which also takes away the need for additional doorways that may be difficult for any tenants with mobility issues to negotiate.

The majority of kitchens therefore do not have their own window, but benefit from natural light from the large window in the living area.

Our retirement accommodation project – ‘North Tyneside Living’ – will provide over 920 modern, secure, independent homes with a community feel at 26 sites across the borough.

Some will be full refurbishments of current accommodation, while others will be brand new developments.

Further details on what North Tyneside Living offers, along with layouts and design features, is available on the council website at www.northtyneside.gov.uk/ntliving or by telephoning 0345 2000 102.

Our housing team would be delighted to answer any questions, or arrange for a brochure to be sent out with more information.

Coun John Harrison

Cabinet member responsible for housing and environment