Increase in affordable homes plan

Northumberland County Council.
Northumberland County Council.

More new homes are to be built in the south east of the county as part of an affordable housing programme being rolled out by Northumberland County Council.

The local authority has announced seven new schemes – which together will result in a further 175 new affordable homes in the Northumberland by the end of 2015.

The new schemes in phase one of the programme will see 25 new homes created in Blyth, as well as further projects elsewhere in Amble, Embleton, Shilbottle, Craster, Wooler and Berwick.

Three affordable housing schemes are already underway in Blyth – 54 new homes and improvements to other properties on the Hodgsons Road estate, 60 new homes being built at Tynedale Drive and a further 66 at a site in South Newsham.

Coun Allan Hepple, policy board member for housing at the council, said: “There is a high and proven need for more affordable homes across Northumberland and we have placed a strong emphasis on the council developing new homes itself, as well as working in partnership with other agencies and housing developers.

“We have committed to investing £30m to the programme.

“The quality of new housing is also very important to us, and we are looking for all new homes to meet the Lifetime Homes standard.”