Donation for flats eases village’s homes shortage

Lord and Lady Vinson with Ian Mark from Sale and Partners, chartered surveyors, who managed Glendale Gateway Trust's project to create two new affordable flats for rent in Wooler.
Lord and Lady Vinson with Ian Mark from Sale and Partners, chartered surveyors, who managed Glendale Gateway Trust's project to create two new affordable flats for rent in Wooler.

Tenants have moved into two new flats in Wooler thanks to a generous donation, helping to ease the village’s housing shortage.

A substantial grant from the Nigel Vinson Charitable Trust helped raise the £150,000 needed to convert space above a High Street shop owned by Glendale Gateway Trust into two flats.

One is now home to a young couple who are expecting their first baby in the coming weeks.

“We couldn’t wish for a better home,” said Samantha Reed, who along with partner Lewis Purvis has been living with family while searching for a home. “All we have to do now is paint the baby’s room.”

Tom Johnston, director of Glendale Gateway Trust, said: “Thanks to a significant grant from Lord Vinson we were able to draw in funding from the Homes and Community Agency’s Community Land Trust fund to carry out the conversion. Glendale Gateway Trust is committed to the principle of locally owned and managed housing; in the past year the Trust has doubled the number of houses it owns and is looking for support to increase this even further.”

Lord Vinson said: “North Northumberland is more like a big village where everyone knows everyone and for that reason it is all the more important that homes are available so that sons and daughters when they marry have a chance of staying in the locality and thus keeping the support of their families.”