Tenants hold the key to success
Published by Antonia Edwards for Homes For Northumberland in Housing
THE FIRST tenants have moved into their new homes on the Hodgsons Road Estate, Blyth.
The new homes are part of the regeneration of the estate and form the first large scale ‘council’ housing development in the town for 25 years.
The project is seeing a £7.3 million investment in affordable housing, including the demolition and rebuilding of 54 homes, along with improvements to 259 homes on the estate and enhancements to the environment including the latest energy efficient street lighting.
The regeneration of Hodgsons Road Estate is part of Northumberland County Council’s ambitious affordable homes programme for the county, and is being managed by Homes for Northumberland.
New tenants Raymond Massey and Evelyn Wilkinson are delighted with their new house. Raymond said: “We are absolutely thrilled with our new home and most importantly our children love the neighbourhood.
“Our neighbours are fantastic; there is a real community spirit in which everybody helps each other, we couldn’t be happier.”
The overall scheme is being completed on schedule by construction specialists Galliford Try Partnerships North East and includes a selection of two, three and four bedroom houses. The final new tenants are set to move in during this spring.
This development complements two further sites in Blyth at Tynedale Drive and South Newsham, which will between them produce a further 126 brand new homes.
Councillor Allan Hepple, Northumberland County Council’s policy board member for planning, housing and regeneration said: “Seeing tenants like Raymond and Evelyn settling into their new home is what our affordable housing programme is all about. These are the first of almost 400 council homes we’ll be building by 2016 and more families who’ve been on our housing list for far too long will in future have access to the homes they need.
“We want to see 100s of new homes built so that more families like this have access to the property they need – with a key focus on enabling local homes for local people.”
Kevin Lowry is associate director of strategic housing at Northumberland County Council and managing director of Homes for Northumberland. He said: We continuously strive to improve the lives of our tenants therefore it is great to see the difference the financial investment and hard work has made to the estate.
“We hope to provide our tenants with a sense of community pride as well as a home therefore we take great pleasure in seeing tenants such as Raymond and Evelyn who are building their futures in our homes.”
The Hodgsons Road regeneration scheme is partially funded by a grant from the Homes and Communities Agency which has invested £846,000 in the Blyth development.
For more information please contact Homes for Northumberland on 01670 542424.