Between April 2013 and March 2014 Homes for Northumberland targeted for a total of 227 new homes to be completed across three sites in Blyth and one in Amble.
This amounted to around £20m worth of investment, and included £4.64m of Homes & Communities Agency grant funding which was successfully applied for.
A number of additional schemes are currently in construction or at an early planning stage in various parts of Northumberland including Shilbottle (20 properties) and Embleton (16 properties).
The programme will help to tackle the shortage of social housing within specific parts of the county and provide an economic boost to the area.
The homes are built to above current building regulations standards are incorporate elements of ‘lifetime homes’, and ‘code for sustainable homes’ criteria, which also help to future-proof the housing stock and help tackle fuel poverty within the county.
Hodgson’s Road site, Blyth
This project involved the demolition of 54 properties at various parts of the estate (October 2012 – January 2013), followed by the construction of 54 new modern homes (January 2013 – June 2014).
The properties were designed in-keeping with the existing houses on the estate and were built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3.
All the new properties have two on-plot parking spaces to help tackle the issue of the increasing number of vehicles on existing narrow roads.
Improvements have also been made to existing properties, street-lighting, parking bays etc. We have had strong community involvement through the estate residents’ group and held community events throughout the project.
To mark the completion of the Hodgson’s Road estate regeneration scheme, a time capsule was laid in the new landscaped area formed on Willow Avenue to provide a source of information for our future generations and included contributions from local residents and the local schools.
These improvements have already made a positive impact on the estate as a whole, and the residents’ home lives.
Over the last two years the regeneration of Hodgson’s Road estate has seen Homes for Northumberland and Northumberland County Council invest £7.3m on the existing homes and the construction of the new homes.
Tyndedale Drive site, Blyth (Ark Royal Close)
A total of 60 homes were built as part of this £5m development, with a grant of almost £1m from the Homes and Communities Agency.
The development, constructed by Galliford Try, includes two, three and four bedroom houses.
All tenants have now moved in to all 60 properties.
South Newsham, Blyth
A total of 66 new homes were built, including two, three and four bedroomed houses; bungalows and flats.
The £5.7m development has once again been constructed by Galliford Try with £1.1m funding coming from Homes and Communities Agency.
The project is now complete and tenants have moved into their new properties.
A total of 48 properties have been built as part of this development, with a mixture of three and four bedroomed houses.
The development also includes a play area, with a secure toddlers play area, which has been developed with help of Amble Town Council and the local community.
This project is now complete and all tenants have moved into their new properties.
Blackthorn Way, Shilbottle
This development has provided 20 new affordable homes. It comprises one-bedroom apartments, two-bedroom bungalows and two and three-bedroom houses.
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Sixteen new affordable homes have been built in the coastal village of Embleton. These have now been rented out to local people on the council's Homefinder register.
Work is now complete on the development of 26 affordable bungalows on Morpeth Road, Blyth.The £2.8m scheme is part of the council’s Affordable Homes programme and is made up of two-bedroom bungalows, two of which have been built to accommodate wheelchair access.
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