Work starts on scheme to provide 72 new homes in Wooler

Ascent Homes has started work on a major new housing development in Wooler.

Wednesday, 1st January 2020, 4:45 pm
Updated Monday, 13th January 2020, 5:26 pm
Neil Turnbull, head of land and development at Ascent Homes, with Advance Northumberland chairman Richard Wearmouth at the development site in Wooler.

Initial enabling works have begun at KingsMead to build 72 new homes on a five acre site next to Wooler Water.

The development, which is being constructed by Ascent Homes’ in-house construction team, will create 72 homes, 11 of which will be affordable. Seven will be for affordable rent and four will be available to eligible buyers at a discount market value.

To meet growth in demand for new homes in Wooler, and to support the local authority’s new homes strategy, KingsMead will deliver a selection of two, three and four-bed properties including bungalows, semi-detached and detached houses.

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The developer plans to build standard house types on the site including the Tulip, Holly and Oak all of which are styles that have proved extremely popular on earlier developments.

Due to technical constraints, initial ground works are required before construction of the individual properties can commence and these are expected to take approximately three months to complete.

Ascent Homes’ development director, Duncan Bowman said: “It is fantastic to be able to announce the name of the development and see early works get underway.

“The fact that the scheme was given unanimous support by Northumberland County Council’s planning Committee earlier this year gives me the confidence that we have adopted a sensitive approach to designing new homes for this a beautiful rural location.

“Rural communities need good quality housing and Ascent Homes prides itself on build quality as well as creating developments that work with the needs of the local community and their immediate surroundings.

“In the case of KingsMead, we will build the affordable homes first which is encouraging for anyone in the area wishing to get on to the property ladder.”

Advance Northumberland chairman, Richard Wearmouth, added: “The need to provide high quality housing in rural communities is ever present and I’m delighted that Ascent Homes continues to make a positive contribution towards meeting the county’s need by accounting start on site at KingsMead.”

Ascent Homes anticipates being able to sell off plan early in the New Year.