Council’s housing programme begins

Hodgsons Estate: Ronnie Campbell MP and Cllr Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council .

Hodgsons Estate: Ronnie Campbell MP and Cllr Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council .

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COUNCIL plans to deliver affordable housing across Northumberland are getting into gear.

Northumberland County Council has adopted an ambitious five-year affordable housing development programme in a bid to address increasing local demand.

It has identified £30million of investment to build new homes, as well as proposed that 30 per cent of all new housing built in the county should be ‘affordable’.

Work has already started on schemes in Blyth and Haltwhistle, while feasible studies are being carried out for other potential sites across the county before consultation takes place and planning permission is sought

Council Leader Grant Davey said: “The demand for affordable housing continues to rise as more people cannot afford to buy their own home, or even to rent privately in some parts of our county.

“We want everyone to be able to have a home that is safe, warm and affordable, and make sure that help and support is available to those who are unable to meet their own housing need.”

The first housing regeneration scheme at Hodgsons Road in Blyth involves the demolition and rebuilding of 54 properties, £2.97million of investment in existing homes and environmental improvements. It has received funding from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Council Police Board Member for Housing Allan Hepple said: “We are currently building 191 homes on three sites at Blyth, as well as 12 apartments in Haltwhistle. Some of our key housing partners have also confirmed funding for a further 254 new affordable homes to be completed by the end of 2015.

“Through our work on the future local plan for Northumberland we will be promoting as many new affordable homes as we can possibly achieve. We are proposing that around 30 per cent of all new housing will be affordable, based on what is required in each area.”

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