Work to start on new homes

The greenfield site at Springhill

The greenfield site at Springhill

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Building work will start next week on 40 much-needed new affordable homes at Springhill in Berwick.

Four Housing will celebrate the start of work on the greenfield site with an official ground-breaking ceremony on Thursday.

The preparatory groundwork is to make way for a mix of two and three bedroomed homes, including 10 bungalows for older people.

The scheme represents a £4.7million investment into the area, which has been part-funded with a grant from the Homes and Communities Agency worth £705,000.

When complete, the new homes, which back on to the Highcliffe estate in Spittal, will be available to customers under the affordable rent and shared ownership schemes offered by Four Housing.

Dawn Keightley, group director of operations at Four Housing, said: “The official ground breaking ceremony marks an important milestone in ensuring affordable homes are available in Springhill to meet the local housing need.

“Four Housing’s mission is ‘Creating homes, Improving lives’, and the creation of new homes in Highcliffe will certainly make a difference to the people who will come to live in them.

“There is a need for more accommodation in Berwick and we’re committed to meeting housing need – we strive to provide homes that meet the needs of people at different stages of their lives.”

She continued: “We have worked very closely with the community during the planning process of this development. We’d like to thank everyone involved who took the time to attend public meetings and share their thoughts with us. I’m sure when complete, the new homes will be a positive addition to the community.”

Four Housing, the not-for-profit parent company of Berwick Borough Housing, secured planning permission last summer.

They are working in partnership with Lomond Homes which also received outline planning permission for a further 110 private houses when the housing market improves.

The first phase of the Four Housing scheme will deliver 20 family homes and 10 two bedroom bungalows for older residents, both with rents set at affordable levels. A further 10 family homes will be shared ownership.

The development will be a mixture of semi-detached and terraced homes, single and two-storey and they will have garden access. There will also be a new access road off the A1167.

Gentoo construction has been appointed as the contractor and building work is expected to finish in March 2015.

To learn more about the new development in Springhill, contact Four Housing on 0300 00 44 444 or visit:

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