New homes let to local families in coastal village

The Duchess of Northumberland opens Lint Gardens in Alnmouth and is seen with residents and representatives of Four Housing and Northumberland Estates. 'Picture by Jane Coltman
The Duchess of Northumberland opens Lint Gardens in Alnmouth and is seen with residents and representatives of Four Housing and Northumberland Estates. 'Picture by Jane Coltman

A new affordable-housing development in a north Northumberland village was officially launched yesterday.

The Duchess of Northumberland welcomed tenants to their new homes at Four Housing’s seven-property scheme known as Lint Gardens in Alnmouth, part of a £790,020 investment.

New residents Stacey Young and her daughter Alexa Joy Potter accept keys from the  Duchess of Northumberland at the opening of  Lint Gardens in Alnmouth.'Picture by Jane Coltman

New residents Stacey Young and her daughter Alexa Joy Potter accept keys from the Duchess of Northumberland at the opening of Lint Gardens in Alnmouth.'Picture by Jane Coltman

The properties, which have been developed in partnership with Four Housing, Northumberland County Council, Northumberland Estates, Sturton Grange Developments and Alnmouth Parish Council, aim to tackle the shortage of affordable homes for families – an issue throughout Northumberland, particularly in rural and coastal areas.

The Duchess of Northumberland said: “It is welcoming that these homes have been built for local people and will be occupied by families who will join a thriving community.”

Chief executive of Four Housing, Paul Tanney, said: “Working together with our partners, through building more quality, affordable housing means that local people can stay local and remain in the community, contributing to the local economy, attending local schools and staying close to family and friends.”

Background to the development

2010 – Northumberland Estates applied for for 10 holiday apartments on the Boys’ Club site, sparking concerns about the loss of a community facility and the need for affordable homes.

Allotment site – Following a review, new plans were developed, including seven affordable homes, 16 private houses and 12 allotments, but at a reduced and more manageable size and on an improved site.

August 2013 – Planning approval was given and local developer Sturton Grange Developments purchased the sites.