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Tweedmouth housing plans to go on show at exhibition

Roberts Lodge site, off Etal Road

Roberts Lodge site, off Etal Road

People will get a chance to see plans for new affordable homes in the Roberts Lodge area of Tweedmouth at a consultation event next week.

Residents are being invited to the Swan Centre on Wednesday, April 2 between 2.30pm and 7pm to study Northumberland County Council’s proposals.

The council is currently preparing a planning application for the proposals which includes a detailed application for a first phase development of 42 new affordable homes.

The proposals also include an outline planning application for the potential for up to 140 additional homes in further phases.

Councillor Isabel Hunter, county council member for Berwick West with Ord, said: “I’d urge everybody to come along and express their opinions.”

Councillor Flora Simpson, who represents Stadium ward on Berwick Town Council, added: “I too would very much like to encourage residents to attend and have their say.”

If approved, the £6m scheme could start by the autumn with completion by summer 2015. It would be funded through General Fund borrowing and therefore cannot legally become council housing.

It is currently planned to build a mix of eight single bedroom apartments, four two-bedroom bungalows, 22 two-bedroom houses, four three-bedroom houses and a quartet of four-bedroom houses.

However, the property mix is still subject to change as further work is needed before the planning application is submitted.

The Roberts Lodge scheme is one of seven new affordable housing schemes recently announced by Northumberland County Council - which together will result in a further 175 new affordable homes in the county by the end of 2015.

Councillor Allan Hepple, policy board member responsible for housing at Northumberland County Council, said: “There is a high and proven need for more affordable homes across Northumberland, and the council is committed to tackling this issue.

“Planning permission has already been given for a mixed development at Amble and this and a further five schemes are now beginning to progress though the planning process.”

 

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