Newcastle architects submit planning application for disability housing scheme

Planning permission is being sought for a housing scheme aimed at people with disabilities in Newcastle.

The scheme will mainly provide housing targeted at older people but will also include a limited number of family houses.

JDDK Architects have applied to Newcastle City Council for planning permission on behalf of Meldrum Construction and the St Mary Magdalene & Holy Jesus Trust.

JDDK Project Architect, Gavin Wu, said: ‘The proposal, which was developed and amended after community consultations in August and September, is for a highly sustainable development using a ‘fabric first‘ approach which will create highly insulated homes with heating by air source heat pumps powering LST (Low Surface Temperature) radiators. Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery ensures no heat is wasted and a steady supply of fresh air internally.

‘Internally, the apartments are designed for lifetime occupation with the open plan living, dining and kitchen creating a less claustrophobic feel by allowing light from the living space windows and balcony through to the kitchen. The bathroom is also flexible for a bath or shower with wet room design with future adaptability. The ground floor units will have a private patios and gardens while the upper units will have balconies to create connection with the nature and outdoor green spaces.

‘The three family homes enjoy south facing gardens with a patio and shed for cycle storage provision with rear access for added convenience of circulation. The layout also features future adaptability through Lifetime Homes Standards with accessible WC for future shower adaptability, an aperture for a future through-floor lift, stair lift and temporary bedspace in the ground floor living space.’

John Lee, Chairman of the St Mary Magdalene & Holy Jesus Trust, added: ‘The Magdalene Court scheme is an exciting development for the Trust. It both builds on what we have done successfully in the past in providing accommodation for older people, but also widens our scope to include providing accommodation for families. We consulted extensively on this scheme with partners and stakeholders and providing the mix of accommodation that we are doing will ensure that the Trust is using its assets effectively and efficiently to deliver benefit in the City.’

Photo supplied by JDDK Architects


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