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MP gets first hand view of estate regeneration

Ronnie Campbell MP and Coun Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council.

Ronnie Campbell MP and Coun Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council.

A local MP has visited an affordable housing scheme which is the first of many schemes planned by the council across Northumberland.

Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell was given a first hand view of the housing regeneration scheme at the Hodgsons Road estate in Blyth.

The project has involved the demolition and rebuilding of 54 properties on the estate, with a £2.97mn investment in existing homes as well as environmental improvement works.

The project received funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and is being managed by the council’s arms-length housing company Homes for Northumberland.

The new properties comprise two, three and four-bedroom homes.

The county said the initiative is part of the council’s wider affordable homes programme within Northumberland, which seeks to ensure that council housing in the area meets demand.

Northumberland County Council leader Grant Davey said: “The demand for affordable housing continues to rise as more people cannot afford to buy their own home, or even to rent privately in some parts of our county.

“We want everyone to be able to have a home that is safe, warm and affordable, and make sure that help and support are available to those who are unable to meet their own housing need.

The council has agreed a five-year affordable housing development programme split into two phases.

A number of further sites have been identified across the county.

 

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