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Brought back to life to provide a family home

L-R Vince Walsh from Isos, Kirsty Gilmartin from Northumberland County Council, Philip Hanmer from Northumberland County Council, Cllr Anthony Murray from Glendale Gateway Trust, and Frank Roche of The Cyrenians.

L-R Vince Walsh from Isos, Kirsty Gilmartin from Northumberland County Council, Philip Hanmer from Northumberland County Council, Cllr Anthony Murray from Glendale Gateway Trust, and Frank Roche of The Cyrenians.

A property in Wooler has been brought back into use as part of a nationwide multimillion-pound scheme to bring empty homes back from the brink.

Social landlord Isos Housing has worked with partners at charity The Cyrenians andNorthumberland County Council to refurbish a three-bedroom house on Weetwood Avenue after it had fallen into disrepair.

Now the upgraded property is in tiptop shape, and will provide a much-needed affordable home for a local family, who would otherwise have to move away from the area.

The house was identified as being in need of investment by the county council and the Glendale Gateway Trust – a key player in the life of the wider community around Wooler.

The property is one of 25 homes across Northumberland and further afield in the North East which are being brought back into use by Isos, under the national Empty Homes programme.

In Wooler, Isos worked with trainee tradesmen from The Cyrenians and consultant Alan Holmes, to fully upgrade the three-bed property to a lettable standard.

It works by Isos taking a five-year lease on the properties from their owners, and then the rental income from a tenant is split between Isos and the landlord, depending on how much investment was needed in the property. At the end of the five years, the property reverts back to private ownership.

Vince Walsh, development and regeneration manager for Isos Housing, said: “At a time when so many people are in need of an affordable home, this kind of project to bring empty homes back into use could not be more vital.

“We have worked closely with our partners in Northumberland, and TCUK, to bring this property up to a lettable standard, and now it’s ready for a family to move in.”

The homes being refurbished are part of a £100million nationwide programme, where nearly £10million has been allocated to the North East, Yorkshire and Humber region to tackle 945 homes.

 

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