Three people in hi-vis vests and hard hats stood in front of housing development

New housing in Gateshead, including autism-friendly homes

This year Gateshead Council is proud to be delivering a multi-million pound mixed-tenure development at Whitley Court, Wrekenton. An ex-brownfield site, which previously housed garages and other council buildings, will see 44 new homes built, giving residents quality housing options to suit their individual requirements.

Four bungalows and 12 apartments will be directly commissioned by Gateshead Council as supported accommodation for people with autism and learning difficulties. The scheme will include a sensory garden.

20 new two- and three-bedroomed general needs houses will be built, charging an affordable rent. They will be advertised through the Tyne and Wear Homes choice-based lettings scheme.

This is the start of a new programme of council housing in Gateshead, with the Council pledging to build 400 new homes over the next ten years.

Eight houses will be offered as Shared Ownership, which will give those who do not currently own a home the opportunity to do so. With Shared Ownership, the customer buys a share of the home and pays affordable rent on the remaining share. The buyer has the option to increase their share over time, all the way to 100% ownership.

The Council’s strategic partner Homes England has praised the development for offering high-quality mixed-tenure homes alongside the supported accommodation and associated facilities.

Cllr John Adams, Gateshead Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, recently visited the site. He said:

“As a Special Needs teacher of children with autism, I am delighted that we have been able to build these homes for people who deserve the very best accommodation. I am sure that the local community will welcome these tenants into the area.

“I also think this is a great first step to achieving our aim to build 400 new homes in the next ten years. It is a vote of confidence in the future of Wrekenton.”

Find out more about shared ownership at For an informal chat, contact Gateshead Council’s Home Ownership Team on 0191 433 5395 or 5396.