The garden village will be truly inclusive and welcoming to all parts of the community; first time buyers and renters, families, empty nesters, and retirees. 50% of the houses will be affordable, that is 750 affordable properties developed and managed by North East based Home Group. The other 750 will be built by private developers. All new homes will be built to an overall design code for the village that will secure high standards of design. 300 of the new homes will be for over 55’s.
Working with Professor Roy Sandbach and the National Innovation Centre for Ageing at Newcastle University and Northumbria University the proposals for the Garden Village have been carefully designed to create what will be a national and international exemplar. The University of Northumbria’s School of Nursing is also heavily involved in bringing health innovations to the garden village such as the design of inclusive home environments and the use of digital technology to reduce social isolation.
At the heart of the garden village will be its centre with shops and café, a primary school with sports facilities, a park and village square, housing for the elderly and a community hub with space for health and well-being, to include a gym. The village centre will also include a new innovation hub for business space.
The scheme has been project managed by Plan B Housing, and designed by IDPartnership with planning consultants Peacock & Smith. Work is due to commence on site in the summer of 2019 with the first new homes being available in early 2020.