A NEW £1.8m development of new affordable homes has given 14 local families the chance to stay in the beautiful, and increasingly affluent, village of Beadnell.
Social landlord Isos has developed the new homes on Kennedy Green, off Meadow Lane in the village, helping residents to remain in the area at a time when many local people have been priced out by second home owners.
Beadnell is renowned as having one of the largest proportions of second homes in the country.
Last year it was revealed that an astonishing 54 per cent of Beadnell’s 589 homes were registered as a second home for Council Tax purposes.
Local MP Sir Alan Beith, who officially opened the scheme alongside two of the new residents, Raymond and Christine Bell, welcomed the new homes.
He said: “Many of our villages in this area are in desperate need of affordable houses to rent for local people.”
He explained: “The need in Beadnell is particularly acute where more than 50 per cent of the property is in use as second homes which puts tremendous pressure on local people – often making it impossible for them to buy.
“I very much welcome this very attractive and energy efficient scheme and am really pleased Isos is maintaining its commitment to build schemes like this.”
Isos has developed 10 houses and four bungalows exclusively for local people to live in at an affordable rent.
The planning permission for the new homes was achieved with a legal agreement attached which meant they were allocated to people in housing need and who had a local connection.
Isos is confident the scheme will prove invaluable to the village because it provides much needed affordable homes for local people, in a housing market where those with long associations with the area can often be priced out of acquiring their own property.
The Isos scheme has been part funded by nearly £800,000 of funding from the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA).
The bungalows each have three bedrooms, and there are six three bedroom houses and four two bedroom houses.
Isos worked with contractor Turney Wylde to complete the construction work.
Jackie Axelby, chair of Isos Housing, said: “We’re so pleased to have delivered these new homes for Beadnell, as there is such a demand for affordable homes in the village.”
Bill Carr, area manager at the Homes and Communities Agency said: “I am very pleased that we have been able to invest £800,000 in this rural housing development.
“Everyone is acutely aware of the need to keep our Northumberland coastal communities sustainable and the provision of affordable homes for local families and older people is at the heart of this.
“These 14 new homes provided by Isos will ensure that local families will be able to stay in Beadnell.”
Ken Parkin, managing director of Turney Wylde, said: “This affordable housing scheme we have been working on with Isos and their consultants has been a great example of partnership working – thanks to close collaboration we completed the development ahead of schedule.”
She added: “Although this was a logistically difficult project, the results are well worth all the hard work and we hope local residents will enjoy living on this lovely site for years to come.”
The company is currently building four bungalows and two family homes in Chatton.