Two Castles Housing Association has welcomed residents into their new homes after work was completed on a £1.7m affordable homes scheme for local people in Bellingham, Northumberland.
The development, Bridgeford View, has delivered 13 energy efficient homes for rent to people with a connection to the village or the surrounding area.
Built in partnership with Northumberland construction firm Newman Developments, Bridgeford View is located on land adjacent to existing Two Castles’ properties at Briar Hill and includes five two-bedroom bungalows as well as a selection of two, three and four bedroom homes.
Property services director at Two Castles Housing Association, Rob Brittain said: “We’re delighted to welcome residents into their new homes at what is a much-needed, affordable housing development for local people in Bellingham.
“There is currently a real demand for building quality affordable homes in communities across Northumberland.
“This is due to a mixture of the high cost of rent and an increase in second home ownership, with many people are being forced to move away from the villages where they grew up because they can no longer afford to live there.”
Built with support from Northumberland County Council and part-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) following an investment of £338,000, Bridgeford View has been constructed to Code for Sustainable Level Three Homes Standards and includes a range of energy efficient features to help make homes even more affordable. To reflect existing properties in the village, each home on the development has been built using traditional building materials such as natural slate roofs as well as stone elevations and rendered walls.
Company director at Newman Developments, Trevor Newman said: “We are once again delighted to have partnered with Two Castles Housing Association on this exciting affordable homes scheme.
“We are committed to re-investing in the communities in which we work and successfully sourced all of our labour, materials and sub-contractors from the local area when building Bridgeford View, which helped us to reduce our carbon footprint.”