Work starts on turning run-down estate into new affordable homes

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WORK is now underway to regenerate a run-down estate in Blyth.

The next phase of work to regenerate the Hodgsons Road Estate will begin this month with the demolition of properties that were unable to be renovated to present-day standards.

A programme of work will see the demolished houses replaced by 56 brand new two, three and four-bedroom homes.

The work is part of Northumberland County Council’s new affordable homes programme, and is being managed by Homes for Northumberland.

Coun Tom Brechany, executive member responsible for housing at Northumberland County Council, said: “Providing more affordable homes is a key priority for the council.

“This programme in Blyth will help us to maximise the overall availability of affordable housing in the town, as well as ensuring that all homes meet the decent homes standard.

“I am very pleased to see the next phase of work get underway.”

The project involves the demolition and consequent rebuilding of the properties, a £2.97m investment in existing homes, as well as environmental improvement work.

The scheme has received funding from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Bill Carr, area manager at the Homes for Communities Agency, said: “It is great to see how our £1million investment has helped bring this project into fruition.

“The high standards of design and sustainability that Homes for Northumberland will achieve is great news for the residents of the Hodgsons Road Estate.”

Kevin Lowry, managing director at Homes for Northumberland, said: “It is great to see that the much anticipated construction work at Hodgsons Road is underway.

“This is fantastic news for the local area as the properties on this estate were in need of upgrading and I would like to thank the tenants for their patience. The new properties will help to meet the demand for the type and size the council housing accommodation currently required for the area.

“We have been working closely with tenants throughout this whole project and continue to do so over the coming months. I would urge tenants with any queries to speak with their resident liaison officer.”

Tenants with any questions about the project can attend drop-in sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 3pm at 24 Millfield Gardens.

For more information about the project or the drop-in sessions, contact Homes for Northumberland on (01670) 542 424.