Housing scheme receives £45k boost

A north Northumberland development trust has been given a series of substantial grants to help fund its affordable-housing scheme.

The Quaker Housing Trust has given the Glendale Gateway Trust, in Wooler, a £20,000 donation plus an interest-free loan of £70,000 for 20 years.

The Clothworkers’ Foundation has given £24,000 towards ‘converting two properties into affordable housing for elderly people in Northumberland’ and the William Webster Foundation has given £1,000, also towards housing costs.

The two sites are the Wheatsheaf on High Street – two one-bedroom and three two-bedroom apartments – and Roddam Dene (formerly West Mansfield House), where four two-bedroom apartments are under construction. All should be ready by the end of the year.