First tenants open door to a new life

lan Hepple, Northumberland County Council's policy board member for planning housing and regeneration; new tenant Dana Harvey and Peter Mitchell, Project Liaison Officer at Homes for Northumberland.
lan Hepple, Northumberland County Council's policy board member for planning housing and regeneration; new tenant Dana Harvey and Peter Mitchell, Project Liaison Officer at Homes for Northumberland.
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The first tenants have moved into their new homes on a £5m housing development.

The development on Tynedale Drive, part of the Ark Royal Close development in Blyth, will see a total of 60 homes built on the former Tynedale Middle School site.

The scheme is part of Northumberland County Council’s affordable homes programme, and is managed by Homes for Northumberland (HfN), and has been constructed by Galliford Try Partnerships North.

The development includes two, three and four bedroom houses, and the final tenants are set to move in by the end of November.

This development complements two further sites in Blyth at Hodgsons Road Estate and South Newsham, with a total of 180 brand new homes being built across the three schemes.

Coun Alan Hepple, Northumberland County Council’s policy board member for planning housing and regeneration, said: “This is good news in our drive to develop more new council homes.

“Following on from new and refurbished homes at Hodgson’s Road in the town, Tynedale Drive is providing more homes for those in housing need – helping to reduce numbers on the waiting list.

“I hope that the new tenants will be very happy here.”

Kevin Lowry, managing director of HfN said: “The redevelopment and financial investment in this site demonstrates the council’s commitment to providing tenants with a home, and community, which they can be proud of.”