Hospital site homes plans go on display

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Plans to create new homes on a former hospital site will go on show to the public as part of a major consultation process.

Bernicia said it is looking to invest more than £9m to create new homes on the site of the former Ashington Hospital to help support the regeneration of the town centre.

Following the planning application, Bernicia will be showcasing the proposals to the local community, offering advice and seeking feedback on the overall plans.

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

There will also be 26 two-bedroom bungalows, 20 available for rent and six for sale under a low cost home ownership initiative.

John Johnston, Bernicia’s deputy group chief executive, said: “Bernicia has been working on plans for this site with our partners, Northumberland County Council and the Homes and Communities Agency, and we are delighted to unveil proposals that will provide much needed high quality accommodation and also contribute to the regeneration of Ashington town centre.

“We hope this investment further highlights our commitment to working with partners to provide quality homes and services that make a real difference to local people.”

In addition to the accommodation, Bernicia said it will undertake significant landscaping improvements and infrastructure works as part of its plans.

The first phase of the development, the initial 66 homes, is forecast to begin in autumn 2014, with an estimated completion of spring 2016, with future phases of the plan comprising another 38 homes from 2017 onwards.

As part of the consultation plan, members of the public are invited to an open drop-in event to view the proposals for the site, on Tuesday, February 4, from 10am to 3pm, at New Hirst and District Social Club (The Mortimer), 2 North Seaton Road, Ashington.

Everyone is invited to attend and Bernicia staff will be on hand to showcase plans and answer any questions.

For anyone that is unable to attend the event, there will be future opportunities to access information on the project via Bernicia’s website –