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Protests over plans for assisted-living block; residents in area say homes will be affected.

Byline: KATHRYN RIDDELL Reporter kathryn.riddell@ncjmedia.com @Kathryn.Riddell

A NEW apartment block for people with autism and learning difficulties has been opposed by neighbours who say it will 'overshadow' their homes.

The building, which would include 15 apartments, would be built on land south of Wansford Avenue in Slatyford, Newcastle.

Newcastle City Council has submitted the plans and hopes to build an assisted-living apartment block for people who need support and care.

The proposed building would be no higher than three storeys and would be made up of three one-bedroom apartments and 12 two-bedroom apartments. But neighbours from Wansford Avenue and nearby Stapleford say they are not happy with the application.

Dave Gray, who has lived on Wansford Avenue for 30 years, said: "It is out of proportion with everything that surrounds it.

"It overshadows all the properties. "We're worried about the effect on the people who already live there."

The 71-year-old retired roofer added that his children and grandchildren grew up in the quiet street and is now worried that the green space will be lost for future generations.

He said: "We have got a sports field higher up run by Sports England.

"There's enough room to put the building up there which is out of the way."

Around 40 homeowners gathered on the green where the apartments would be built to discuss their objections.

Edyta Bujaskiewicz was one of the neighbours who opposed the plans.

She said: "All of the green area will be lost which is used by the whole community around here. There's loads of kids, there's loads of elderly people in the area. This is the only place they can actually go and play safely."

The planned apartments would be managed by Your Homes Newcastle and would only be available to those with learning disability and/or autism who need to be cared for.

In the application the council states that there would be "overriding benefits" in "the development of 15 much needed affordable, accessible specialist apartments".

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Residents of Wansford Avenue in the Denton who are opposed to the specialist housing

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