Building work starts for 60 houses on school site

Officials from Northumberland County Council, Galliford Try and Homes for Northumberland on the site of the new houses being built in Blyth.
Officials from Northumberland County Council, Galliford Try and Homes for Northumberland on the site of the new houses being built in Blyth.
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Work is under way on dozens of new affordable houses on the site of a former school in Blyth.

Building work has started on the 60 new homes in Tynedale Drive on the site of the old Tynedale Middle School.

The development – due for completion next summer – will feature two, three and four-bedroom houses and will be managed by Homes for Northumberland and constructed by Galliford Try.

They will complement the regeneration of Hodgsons Road estate as part of Northumberland County Council’s new Affordable Homes Programme with both schemes receiving funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

Coun Allan Hepple, the council’s policy board member for planning, housing and regeneration, said: “Providing more affordable homes is one of the council’s main priorities.

“These further new houses will go a long way towards meeting the significant need for new homes in south east Northumberland, and reducing the housing waiting list.”

Kevin Lowry, associate director of strategic housing at the council and managing director at Homes for Northumberland, said: “We are thrilled that the work on Tynedale Drive is now underway.

“We hope this build will assist in reviving the community as well as benefiting local families in need of housing.

“We continuously strive to work alongside our partners and the local community to plan and carry out much needed new developments and improvements.”

Tenants with any queries about the project can attend the drop-in sessions which are run by Homes for Northumberland every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 3pm at 24 Millfield Gardens in the Hodgsons Road Estate.