Older people schemes get planning approval

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Ten new build sheltered homes have been unanimously approved – ending a wait of more than five years for older people.

The latest phase of the £300m Quality Homes for Older People – which will deliver 922 apartments across ten new and 16 refurbished sheltered housing schemes – was passed by planners on Tuesday night.

Solutions 4 North Tyneside the preferred bidder to deliver the project alongside North Tyneside Council, was given full planning permission for the schemes, and is expected to begin work on site in October.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “I am absolutely delighted that this project has now received full planning permission and we can eventually press ahead to make this a reality for the older people who have waited far too long for this to happen.”

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and environment, said: “This project was always about delivering the housing that our older people need and want.

“This scheme delivers high quality and flexible housing, specially designed to make it easy for older people to continue to live independently in fantastic surroundings.

“We have involved our tenants in this project at every stage and will continue to involve them to ensure that this project runs as smoothly as possible and with minimum disruption to those involved in the transition.”

Solutions 4 North Tyneside is made up of a consortium of Equitix, Miller and Keepmoat.

As well as the refurbishment and construction of the schemes, they will be responsible for the cleaning, repair and maintenance of the buildings over the 28-year contract.