Improvements to estate under way

Burnside Estate at Bedlington Station.'REF 1908145005
Burnside Estate at Bedlington Station.'REF 1908145005

Regeneration work on a south east Northumberland housing estate has begun.

The Bernicia Group is investing £3m in the Burnside estate in Bedlington to improve the area’s environment, homes and services for the community.

The development, which is due to be finalised by next year, will see a major transformation in the homes including converting small three-bed houses into spacious two-bedroom properties.

The work will also include extensions to homes, new bathrooms and kitchens, roof replacements as well as additional parking and new fencing to improve the estate environment.

Jeannie McMillan, operations director at Bernicia, said: “The Burnside estate is an example of how we look to improve our existing homes.

“It is part of Bernicia’s sustainability plan to protect our estates and where one does not meet the community’s needs, like Burnside, we look to improve and transform it in order to protect the estate for the long-term.

“Bernicia is passionate about supporting its tenants, so the transformation of the estate doesn’t just stop at housing.

“A fantastic new ‘Learning Hive’ has been proposed, which builds on the success of Bernicia’s similar facility in Newbiggin.

“The Burnside Learning Hive would help residents gain a whole range of new skills including IT, money management, cook and eat, social enterprise and self-employment, which are all designed to have a long-term positive impact for the residents of the Burnside estate.”

The work is now under way with the first part of the project set to create 22 parking bays which will alleviate parking issues on the estate, which had been a problem for residents.

It is hoped the improvement works will be completed by next autumn.