New housing scheme near to completion

The new housing scheme in Togston.
The new housing scheme in Togston.

A £2.7million scheme which will provide 26 new affordable homes in total is nearing completion in Togston.

Riverside, one of the largest social-housing providers in the UK, is nearing completion of the first 10 homes with developer Partner Construction.

The development, comprising 14 two-bedroom houses, six three-bedroom houses and six two-bedroom bungalows is funded by a Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) grant.

All of the homes will be available for rent through Northumberland County Council’s Homefinder lettings system.

Those interested in these new homes will need to be registered with Northumberland Homefinder – visit www.northumberlandhomefinder.org.uk or contact 0345 600 6400.

Northumberland County Council has identified a need for bungalows to accommodate the older population and also family houses to stem the flow of younger people leaving the area.

In order to meet demand, priority will first be given to applicants with a local connection.

Julie Gray, assistant director at Riverside, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Northumberland County Council and Partner Construction to deliver much-needed new affordable homes in the Togston area.

“It’s great to see new bungalows being built in the area and we look forward to seeing the development come to life over the next few months.”

Coun Allan Hepple, cabinet member responsible for housing at Northumberland County Council, said: “Affordable housing is vital for local communities in Northumberland and the completion of the first 10 homes at Togston is an important milestone.

“We have identified high demand for particular types of housing in this area, including a need for family housing, and we are delighted that the completion of phase one is on track.”