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Plans to create new homes on the former site of the old Ashington hospital have gone on show.

Ashington residents were invited to see the plans for the proposed new homes at a consultation event organised by housing firm Bernicia, who is looking to invest more than £9m into the scheme.

Aiden Rowley, of Roseneath Court said: “It will be nice to see something being done on the site, as it has been left as it is for so long.

“I wanted to know what was going on, and it’s nice that we are getting something done. I think this will be good for the community as a whole.”

Thomas Straker, 67, of Brockwood Close, Ashington, said: “It is about time something was done to the site, and i think these plans are absolutely superb.

“It is great that this is being used for something, but I do think this elderly complex looks fantastic, and it is excellent that it is so close to the shopping centre, and the aged are taken care of.

“I am definitely interested in the homes once they are built.”

The first phase of the development includes a retirement housing scheme, with 40 two bedroom flats and extensive communal facilities, similar to Bernicia’s recently completed, award winning scheme at Willow Vale, Bedlington.

The first phase of the development, the initial 66 homes, is forecasted to begin this autumn, with an estimated completion of spring 2016, with future phases of the plan comprising another 38 homes from 2017 onwards.

Bernicia’s care and support manager, Mel Baynes, said: “We wanted people in the surrounding area to have the option to give us their feedback on the plans, and let us know if they think there is anything we should change, or if something is missing.

“We have had very positive feedback, I think everybody seems quite impressed with the plans we have put out.”

Anyone who was unable to attend the drop in session, can visit www.bernicia.com for more information.

 

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