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Wates almshouse project gets go-ahead

19 Aug 16 Wates Living Space Homes is set to start building work next month on new bungalows to replace 1930s almshouse accommodation in Newcastle.

The St. Mary Magdalene & Holy Jesus Trust has been given planning permission for the £5.2m scheme, which will see the creation of 49 bungalows designed to provide sheltered housing for elderly residents.

Work will include the phased demolition of 40 existing bungalows and construction of one- and two- bedroom homes including some designed for wheelchair users.

Wates Living Space Homes has made a pledge to use its delivery of the project to bring benefit to the community and economy. This commitment will include the appointment of a local supply chain and the creation of training opportunities for local people.

St Mary Magdalene & Holy Jesus Trust chairman Sir Leonard Fenwick said: “As a highly successful and progressive Almshouse Charity, the opportunity to completely replace the Holy Jesus estate with bungalows that enable independent living and in such a convenient setting near to the heart of the city, is a truly positive contribution that serves to build upon our longstanding commitments.”

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