WATCH: Sheltered housing complex demolished

A shuttered sheltered housing complex in a north Northumberland village has been demolished to make way for new homes.

This video, courtesy of the Glendale Gateway Trust, shows some of the work as the buildings were cleared from the Horsdonside site in Wooler.

An artist's impression of the proposed homes on the Horsdonside site.

An artist's impression of the proposed homes on the Horsdonside site.

At the April meeting of Wooler Parish Council, representatives of Four Housing unveiled their proposals for 14 new homes on the Horsdonside site, where eight existing two-bedroom bungalows will also remain.

The housing association held a consultation event in October last year in which they offered three proposals for the site and the chosen scheme is an updated version of what was billed as option one, featuring eight two-bedroom houses and six two-bedroom bungalows.

Development and regeneration manager, Caryn Innes, told members that the homes will be provided through Homefinder, but priority will be given to older people (over 55) and people with mobility issues.

The planning application was approved in August this year and it is understood that Four Housing plans to start construction in spring 2015.

In April 2012, the Gazette reported how the community in Wooler reacted with dismay after Berwick Borough Housing revealed to Horsdonside residents that the site was to close due to a lack of funding available to bring the accommodation up to standard.

The housing, which has a full-time warden, was at the time home to 25 tenants in 24 properties, with further empty properties in the complex.

Horsdonside was built 40 years ago and was transferred to Berwick Borough Housing from the borough council. It would have required significant investment to bring it up to Governement standards.