Construction Starts on Vital Isos Supported Housing Developments; Isos

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Construction Starts on Vital Isos Supported Housing Developments; Isos


BUILDING work has started on two innovative housing developments which will allow people with learning disabilities in Newcastle to live independently.

The PS3.7m schemes in Benwell and Byker include design features such as wheelchair access, wet rooms, communal areas, fully accessible gardens and exercise areas, which encourage residents to stay active and allow them to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.

The new homes, which will be owned by Isos Housing, are part of Newcastle City Council's Housing Partnership Framework to provide affordable supported housing. The PS3m River View development will include a two and three-storey block of 15 apartments, with 14 terraced and semi-detached two and three bedroom family homes.

Meanwhile, the PS700,000 Birch View development in Byker is for five detached bungalows designed for residents with autism and other learning disabilities with a further staff bungalow close by. All bungalows will be fully wheelchair accessible.

Isos has a long history of providing specialist supported accommodation for people with a variety of special needs across the North East, including people with disabilities, mental health problems, victims of domestic abuse, vulnerable young people and those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.

The company was chosen to deliver the new homes by Newcastle City Council, which identified the sites as part of its commitment to providing more affordable supported housing for adults with learning disabilities within the city.

Vince Walsh, development and regeneration manager for Isos Housing, said: "These are two really exciting developments which will provide state-of-the-art homes, allowing those with special housing needs to live independently while at the same time safe in the knowledge help is on hand if needed.

"There is a real demand for these types of properties and we are very pleased to be working with Newcastle City Council to provide this much-needed accommodation in the city."

Coun Jane Streather, cabinet member for public health and housing said: "I am delighted that through our Housing Partnership Framework we are able to use council-owned land to deliver specialist housing for those with care needs.

"These innovative new developments in Benwell and Byker will provide specialist facilities that will allow those with care needs to live independently, providing a wide range of choices to suit their individual needs. …

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