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Tackling affordable-housing demand

From left: Graham Morgan, divisional director at Esh Property Services, Greg Denwood, regional property services manager (North West) at Two Castles, Coun Alan Hepple, and Lisa Hogarth, project manager (Development) Two Castles.
From left: Graham Morgan, divisional director at Esh Property Services, Greg Denwood, regional property services manager (North West) at Two Castles, Coun Alan Hepple, and Lisa Hogarth, project manager (Development) Two Castles.

Two Castles Housing Association says a lack of affordable rural housing in Northumberland is something that needs to be tackled through a partnership approach with local authorities, developers and the community.

The organisation has recently completed a 27-home affordable development at St Oswald’s Close, in Warkworth, which it says is for local people.

Two Castles, working in partnership with Esh Property Services, under the Hadrian Development Solutions Partnership, built the homes on land acquired from Northumberland County Council and the scheme was part-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) with an investment of £550,000 from the Affordable Homes Programme.

Rob Brittain, of Two Castles, said: “The Warkworth development is part of our wider plan to deliver 109 new homes in the county by 2016, but much more needs to be done to tackle the lack of affordable rural housing.”

Pictured from left: Graham Morgan, divisional director at Esh Property Services, Greg Denwood, regional property services manager (North West) at Two Castles, Coun Alan Hepple, and Lisa Hogarth, project manager (development) Two Castles.