Demolition work on an eyesore Berwick pub that will pave the way for 16 flats for older people will start later this month.
Four Housing’s £1.9 million plans for the Elizabethan on North Road are scheduled for completion early next year.
The flats will be designed to meet the Homes and Communities Agency’s ‘Housing Our Ageing Population’ criteria. This means they are designed specifically with the needs of older people in mind.
Each of the apartments will include generous internal space with multi-purpose areas, plenty of natural light, a balcony or patio, shared external space, car parking and ample storage for mobility aids. They will be designed to be energy efficient to keep energy bills to a minimum.
Dawn Keightley, group director of operations, said: “Four Housing entered into a contract with Gentoo Construction on January 27. As a result, physical works at the site of The Elizabethan will start in early February.
“Subject to final service disconnections, the demolition will commence at the end of February and will take approximately seven weeks. The estimated competition date of the project is early 2015.
“Once complete, the scheme will provide 16 two-bedroom apartments for older people. The apartments will be spacious and benefit from plenty of natural light. Each will have a private balcony and will be accessible by a lift.
“This is a positive investment in the area, providing affordable homes that will enable older people to live full and independent lives.”
The plans were approved by Northumberland County Council in October after members heard there was a danger that £350,000 funding for the scheme from the Homes and Communities Agency might be lost.
Berwick Town Council only withdrew its objection at the eleventh hour, overturning an earlier decision of its planning committee which had concerns about the scale of the development and parking congestion.