Long-awaited plans to redevelop a derelict site regarded as one of the biggest eyesores in Berwick are finally set to start.
Lindisfarne Homes has revealed that work is to start shortly on the transformation of the Governors Garden site in Palace Green.
The Belford-based developer plans to build 21 houses on the prominent brownfield site next to the Elizabethan walls and overlooking the Tweed estuary.
Phase one of the scheme will see the conversion of the Grade 11 Listed former potteries building on the corner of Palace Street and Palace Street East into six houses of one, two and three bedrooms.
Nick Dawe from Lindisfarne Homes said: “Berwick has a wealth of buildings spanning the centuries and these will be the first 21st century homes to be built in the town centre for many years.”
The development has been meticulously planned to ensure it compliments its surroundings within the Berwick Conservation Area.
Each home has been individually designed to suit the site’s location and to meet the needs of modern homeowners.
The Potteries is phase 1 of the Governors Gardens development which, when complete, will have 21 homes each with private car parking and a communal landscaped garden.
The development is expected to attract considerable interest as this is not only an historical area but is also very quiet and just a short walk from all the amenities the town has to offer.
“We believe that there will be huge demand for a modern home within this location,” said Mr Dawe. “Over recent years the only new homes in Berwick town centre have been apartments.
“The only houses on offer tend to be the older, period properties which are not constructed to modern day standards and can be very costly to run. Lindisfarne Homes will be offering the best of both worlds at Governors Gardens.”
The news has been welcomed by Berwick Town Council which had recently expressed concern about the number of decaying or derelict sites in this part of the town.
Mayor Isabel Hunter said: “This news is much welcomed and I am pleased to see development eventually taking place on this site, which has now been an eyesore for many years.
“As this is an area which can be seen by tourists as well as residents as they walk around our fantastic Elizabethan Walls its appearance makes an important contribution to how people view our town.”
* To register your interest in the Governors Garden site please contact the sole selling agents Aitchisons, 36 Hide Hill, Berwick, TD15 1AB, 01289307571, email: firstname.lastname@example.org