First residents move into new apartment block

Mayor Norma Redfearn and Coun John Harrison with Tom and Lynn Willis.
Mayor Norma Redfearn and Coun John Harrison with Tom and Lynn Willis.

Residents have begun moving into a new luxury apartment block giving panoramic views of North Tyneside.

All 21 apartments at Whinstone Lodge, in Monkseaton, were snapped up within days of being advertised.

The state-of-the-art retirement complex has been created as part of North Tyneside Council’s £300m North Tyneside Living project.

Two residents are sisters Laura Yately and Pat Devlin, who moved from an old traditional-style sheltered accommodation.

Laura said: “I am happy with everything – I call my apartment ‘the penthouse’. It’s absolutely brilliant.”

Pat added: “All the apartments are so spacious and modern. You can’t compare it to where I lived before – Whinstone Lodge is paradise.”

Laura and Pat gave Mayor Norma Redfearn and Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and transport, a guided tour of their new building and its roof terrace.

Mrs Redfearn said: “It was a real pleasure meeting the residents of Whinstone Lodge and to be able to wish them well in their new homes in person.

“We are immensely proud of the North Tyneside Living project and it’s brilliant to hear how happy the new residents are, too.”

Coun Harrison added: “We worked with residents to really consider every little detail when designing the retirement apartments – from room layouts to taps and window handles – to make life easier and make sure people can live independently for longer.”

Fellow residents husband and wife Tom and Lynn Willis said: “We love it here – it’s just spacious, light and modern – it’s home.”

Whinstone Lodge features wet rooms and kitchens, and every home has either Juliette balconies or patio doors to access the shared garden.

While each apartment has its own personal lounge, there’s also a communal one and a sun lounge. There’s also a therapy room which is used by professionals, including hairdressers, and a guest apartment where family and friends can stay.

The scheme to modernise North Tyneside’s sheltered housing accommodation is being delivered by Galliford Try.

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