Council ‘on target’ for new homes

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Northumberland County Council has said it is ahead of its target for delivering new affordable homes to the area.

The council had set a target for 1,000 ffordable homes to be built by 2017, and current projections show that half way through this period, 641 will have been developed.

The local authority is also looking at different funding models and bidding for national financial support opportunities.

It has attracted nearly £9m of increased housing revenue account borrowing approval, that will fund around 100 further homes, with sites being considered at Blyth, Cramlington, Alnwick and Prudhoe.

Coun Allan Hepple, policy board member responsible for housing, planning and regeneration, said: “I am absolutely delighted to see that both the council and its housing association partners are delivering so well against our target.”