Scores of new homes on way as part of £24.4m plan

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SCORES of new homes are to be built in south east Northumberland as part of a £24.4m building programme lined up by a social housing provider.

Over the next five years, Bernicia – currently based in Newcastle but due to relocate to Ashington later this year – plans to build 239 homes for people looking to rent affordable properties.

It is able to press ahead with its plans now a government contribution of £2.28m towards the cost of the scheme has been confirmed.

Bernicia deputy chief executive John Johnson said: “We will continue with our plans to invest in both the physical and social sustainability of our estates, neighbourhoods and local communities.

“This involves much more than just improving housing stock.

“A combination of actions isneeded to tackle the social and environmental issues faced by our communities, and we aim to take a lead in delivering them.”

Bernicia has been working with the Homes and Communities Agency to provide 10 bungalows for people with learning difficulties as part of a supported housing project.

A further ten bungalows will be built in Bedlington this year, as well as 39 retirement flats for pensioners currently living at Glebe Court.

Over the next two years, 26 houses – offering two, three or four bedrooms – will be built on the Moorhouse Estate in Ashington.

A dozen three-bedroom homes are also scheduled for construction in North Seaton by the end of 2014, along with six two and three-bedroom homes in Cowpen Road, Blyth, and five three-bedroom houses at Greenacres in Killingworth.