Work to start on affordable homes

Councillors Jeff Gobin, Alyson Wallace, Val Tyler, Dave Ledger and Terry Johnstone.
Councillors Jeff Gobin, Alyson Wallace, Val Tyler, Dave Ledger and Terry Johnstone.
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Work to build new homes on the site of a former school is set to begin.

Arch Homes is leading the project to build 18 two-bedroom apartments for the over-55s on the former Bedlington Old School site.

The development will create up to 45 construction jobs and bring £100,000 of extra local spend into the heart of Bedlington each year.

The new apartments will also generate £34,000 additional income each year for council services through the council tax and New Homes Bonus.

Coun Alyson Wallace said: “When seeking election in 2013, I made it a pledge to the community that this derelict site, which had been at one time a wonderful school, would be developed with the full knowledge it was within a conservation area.

“I am pleased to say that the conservation officer is recommending approval and that Arch is to develop 100 per cent affordable housing to rent within Bedlington.

“I am sure that when completed, many over 55s will rush to take residency in easy reach of a new retail offer in the town centre.

“This can only be good, positive news for Bedlington.”

Each of the apartments will include fitted kitchens and an allocated parking bay for each property.

“The apartments will be decorated, complete with carpeting and flooring throughout.

This new development will enhance the central area in Bedlington, contributing to the new proposals on the former Tesco site.

Coun Allan Hepple, Portfolio holder for Economic Growth and Housing, said: “This is an exciting new development for Bedlington building on our affordable housing programme which has so far delivered over 1000 homes for use by local people.

“Arch is integral to our aspiration to build even more homes that can help local communities become more sustainable in the long run and this is their latest contribution to our long-term housing plan to meet our community needs for years to come.”

The Bedlington Old School site is elevated above Bedlington Front Street on Church Lane. The school closed in 1974 and later became St Cuthbert’s Church Hall which fell into disuse in the late 1990’s. The work is scheduled to commence early 2017.

For more information about renting an Arch Homes property, visit www.arch-homes.co.uk, email homes@arch-group.co.uk or call 01670 528 499.