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County council looks to build homes for rent

Patsy Healey, Glendale Gateway Trust chairman, outside West Mansfield House, which the trust wants to convert into affordable homes.

Patsy Healey, Glendale Gateway Trust chairman, outside West Mansfield House, which the trust wants to convert into affordable homes.

Northumberland County Council is looking to build more than 20 homes for social rent in Wooler – the latest in a raft of new housing proposals in the village.

In November last year, the Gazette reported that the county council had launched phase one of its plan to build new affordable housing, with one of the sites being in Wooler.

The Labour administration pledged to build more than 300 homes in the coming years and the first phase consists of around 130 with a target date for completion in 2016.

And at the January meeting of Wooler Parish Council, members heard that a representative of the county council wants to speak to them as part of consultation on a scheme for 22 new homes just north of The Martins.

The development would consist of eight one-bedroom apartments and 14 two-bedroom properties, all for social rent.

But Coun Alfreda Hindmarsh said that the Glendale Gateway Trust is struggling to find young people to fill one-bedroom properties andthat three-bedroom homes are required.

“That’s what’s really needed for Wooler,” she added.

Members agreed to invite the county-council representative to a meeting ahead of any public consultation.

 

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