Plans for new homes on the site of Wooler’s shuttered sheltered-housing complex are set to be submitted to the county council any day now.
At the April meeting of Wooler Parish council, representatives of Four Housing unveiled their proposals for 14 new homes on the Horsdonside site, where eight existing two-bedroom bungalows will also remain.
The housing association held a consultation event in October last year in which they offered three proposals for the site and the chosen scheme is an updated version of what was billed as option one, featuring eight two-bedroom houses and six two-bedroom bungalows.
Development and regeneration manager, Caryn Innes, told members that the homes will be provided through Homefinder, but priority will be given to older people (over 55) and people with mobility issues.
As well as the planning application, a funding bid is about to be submitted to the Homes and Communities Agency and an announcement on this is due to be made in the summer.
“All being weill, we would hope to be on site in the financial year 2015/16,” said Ms Innes.
Horsdonside’s closure was announced in April 2012.
Couns Joyce Robertson, Alfreda Hindmarsh and Rosanna Reed felt that the two-bedroom homes were the wrong option and that the site should have been used for more sheltered housing.
But Ms Innes said that the data did not show demand for social sheltered housing.
They also raised concerns about the mix of housing. However Coun Anthony Murray said: “It would be awful to have a ghetto of older people.”
Coun Shirley Mills asked about provisions in the designs for people with mobility issues. She was satisfied that the homes are designed with this in mind.