Regeneration work is underway on Tree Top Village in Walker, the East End of Newcastle, which will create a brand new community that will help economic growth and boost the trades.
The development is part of Newcastle City Council’s Older People’s Housing Delivery Plan to provide a range of affordable housing options for older people.
This £13 million project is being funded by the council with a £2.3 million contribution from the Homes and Communities Agency.
The project is being delivered by Your Homes Newcastle (YHN) who is working with national developer, Wates Living Space Homes.
Resident involvement has been at the heart of the project and YHN has carried out consultation with local residents as well as local school children who took part in a competition to name the development.
The development is being delivered in two phases. The main building will create a total of 75 new homes and will have warden support available for residents.
There will be 45 two bedroom and 30 one bedroom apartments built around a central courtyard, where a range of services will be provided that will be open to everyone.
Features being considered include a restaurant, IT facilities and a hair salon, and will encourage residents and the wider community to come together and socialise in a friendly, relaxed environment.
David Langhorne, Director of Property Services at YHN said “This is the largest new build scheme we’ve embarked on in a number of years and it’s really exciting to be involved.
“We are extremely pleased with the standard of accommodation being provided and are now working with potential partners to secure a range of local amenities and create a real community feel.
“This is a unique opportunity to build on previous regeneration in the Walker area, and build modern, high quality homes for the city’s older residents”.