Proposal could ease village’s housing needs

Horsdonside in Wooler
Horsdonside in Wooler

Thirty-six social homes could be on the way to ease Wooler’s severe housing shortage.

Father-and-daughter team David and Jennifer Cherrie told parish councillors on Monday night they were seeking outline permission for farmland off Common Road and county planners had responded favourably.

The county council’s target for new homes in Glendale is 253 within five years as the result of a survey of need. Most of the demand is in Wooler, where the issue has been highlighted by the closure of Horsdonside sheltered housing complex.

The land is owner by Alan and Eileen Ferguson, of Blyth company Fergusons Transport and Redpath of Wooler.

Parish council chairman Coun Alfreda Hindmarsh said it was important the parish was involved in the project.

Coun Brian Patterson said most local salaries were under £20,000 and asked if that was the market the project was looking at. Mr Cherrie said: “I’m not going to say that tonight, but what I will say is that people from housing associations working in conjunction with local housing groups will determine what is social affordable for this area.”

He said it would attract and retain young families for Wooler, helping the economy and schools. “We are already in discussion with three or four people who are very interested in taking on the project to build it.”