Work to begin on new homes in Blyth
Published by Melanie Armstrong for Homes For Northumberland in Housing
PIC CAPTION (l to r) Alan Davies, area manager at HCA, Cllr Tom Brechany, executive member responsible for housing at Northumberland County Council, Cllr Jeff Reid, leader of Northumberland County Council, and Kevin Lowry, managing director at Homes for N
The next phase of work to regenerate a key estate in Blyth will begin this month with the demolition of properties that were unable to be renovated to present day standards.
A programme of work will see those houses demolished replaced by 56 brand new properties comprising of two, three and four bedroom homes.
The regeneration of Hodgsons Road Estate is part of Northumberland County Council’s new affordable homes programme, and is being managed by Homes for Northumberland.
This new-build project involves the demolition and consequent rebuilding of 56 properties on the estate, £2.97million investment in existing homes as well as environmental improvement work.
The scheme has received funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
The 56 properties were identified by the council for renewal as it was found to be more cost effective to rebuild the homes than upgrade these particular houses.
This initiative is part of Northumberland County Council’s wider affordable homes project within the county, which seeks to ensure that council housing in the area meets current demand.
Cllr Tom Brechany, executive member responsible for housing at Northumberland County Council said: ”Providing more affordable homes is a key priority for the council.
“This programme in Blyth will help us to maximise the overall availability of affordable housing in the town, as well as ensuring that all homes meet the decent homes standard. I am very pleased to see the next phase of work get underway.”
Bill Carr, Area Manager at the Homes and Communities Agency said: “It is great to see how our £1 million investment has helped bring this project to fruition. The high standards of design and sustainability that Homes for Northumberland will achieve is great news for the residents of the Hodgsons Road estate.”
Kevin Lowry, managing director at Homes for Northumberland, said: “It is great to see that the much anticipated construction work at Hodgsons Road is underway. This is fantastic news for the local area as the properties on this estate were in need of upgrading and I would like to thank tenants for their patience.
“The new properties will help to meet the demand for the type and size of Council housing accommodation currently required for the area. We have been working closely with tenants throughout this whole project and continue to do so over the coming months – I’d urge tenants with any queries to speak with their resident liaison officer.”
Tenants with any queries about the project can attend drop-in sessions which run every Tuesday and Thursday 10am – 3pm at 24 Millfield Gardens on the estate and are run by Homes for Northumberland’s Resident Liaison Officer.
For more information on the project or the tenant drop in sessions, please contact Homes for Northumberland on 01670 542424.