Much-needed affordable housing due in October

(L-R) Isos chair Jackie Axelby inspects progress on the Chatton development with Vince Walsh from Isos and Alan Rose from main contractor Esh.

(L-R) Isos chair Jackie Axelby inspects progress on the Chatton development with Vince Walsh from Isos and Alan Rose from main contractor Esh.

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Work is progressing rapidly on a new £800,000 development that will provide six new affordable homes in a north Northumberland village.

The scheme, in Chatton, involves four bungalows for elderly residents and two family homes, with all being made available for social rent, to provide homes for those most in need in the local area.

All the new properties in Chatton are being built using stone, to blend with the existing village and the wider local environment.

The National Housing Federation has found there are currently nearly 9,000 households in need of a new affordable rented home in Northumberland. Many families will never be able to afford to buy, as the average house price is currently 9.2 times the average wage in the county – well above the regionwide figure of 7.5 times the average wage.

Jackie Axelby, chairman of Isos, said: “Providing affordable homes, particularly in rural areas, is vitally important to help keep communities together.

“Without quality developments like this, local people can be forced to move away to find homes they can afford, and the local economy can suffer as a result.”

This development site in Chatton has been brought forward by landowner Northumberland Estates, which is providing nine self-build plots alongside the six Isos homes and has built a new access road.

The construction work is being carried out by Esh Property Services and completion is expected by the end of October.

Esh’s chairman David Halfacre said: “The provision of much-needed affordable housing in the rural areas of Northumberland is very important to us at Esh Property Services.

“This is the third project we have been involved with recently in rural Northumberland and we have more in the pipeline.”