New affordable homes target set for county

Nearly 1,500 extra affordable homes could be built in Northumberland over the next three years, the Gazette has been told.

Northumberland County Council has set this target to help tackle housing need and plans to invest millions of its own resources to help progress the bid.

Paul Leo, interim head of housing at the council, said: “The council has set a target of 1,356 additional affordable homes for Northumberland over the next three years – aiming for these to be developed in areas of greatest housing need.

“The council is looking to deliver 280 of these by investing £20million of its own resources.

“We will also be looking to work with other providers to develop further schemes and asking local communities and parish and town councils to help us to identify opportunities.”

There are currently more than 10,000 people on the housing register across the county.

Coun Tom Brechany, executive member responsible for housing at the county council, said: “A key priority is to ensure that people in Northumberland have access to a home that is safe, warm, affordable and appropriate for their needs.

“We want to provide help and support for those who cannot meet their own housing need.”