A multi-million pound project will see 900 homes built for pensioners and create 500 jobs.
Said to be among the biggest ventures of its kind in the country, the project will provide older people living in North Tyneside with improved facilities allowing them to continue living independently.
The major £300m improvement project work will see 16 existing schemes being refurbished by February next year with 10 new sites being developed across the district by 2017.
First up will be four new developments at Bristol Drive in Battle Hill, Chapelville in Seaton Burn, Crummock Court in Howdon and Rosebery Court in Monkseaton.
Homes will have modern facilities with wet rooms, fully fitted kitchens, storage for motor scooters for those that need it plus allotment and greenhouse areas.
Under the project each scheme will see the reintroduction of a full-time site-based housing officer to assist residents.
North Tyneside’s elected mayor Norma Redfearn said: “This is one of the biggest and most exciting schemes in the country and one which will make a real difference to older people in North Tyneside.
“By transforming and revitalising retirement homes available for rent we will be able to offer modern, appropriate homes where people can live independently even if their needs change.”
It’s been a year since the plan was first announced but Government sign-off and with funding in place work can now start on the grand scheme.
Margaret Wilson, a resident of Rudyerd Court in North Shields for 15 years, said: “We’ve waited a long time and we can’t wait to se it when it’s all done and looking beautiful.
“Everyone was so happy when we were told, in fact one lady was so pleased she jumped for joy.”
The work is being carried out by Solutions 4 North Tyneside, a consortium made up of Equitix and Miller Construction.