Affordable homes planned

PLANS for two affordable homes on the site of a north Northumberland library have been submitted to the county council.

Glendale Gateway Trust has submitted a change of use application to Northumberland County Council to convert the library into two-bedroom affordable homes.

This was made possible by the trust being a successful bidder for a slice of £1.8billion in funding to develop affordable homes from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

And work is already underway to move the current library facilities into the Cheviot Centre.

The work will include changes to the roof and window openings, and the new homes will have gardens and car parking spaces.

The design statement submitted with the application highlights that the homes may be ideal for elderly residents “as it is just off the High Street with its shops and amenities.”

It adds: “The design of the proposal has been given a great amount of thought to try and minimise the amount of external alterations to the building.

“The proposal makes use of natural materials and colours to match the existing.”