Bernicia Group gets go-ahead to transform a former Northumberland hospital

The former Ashington Hospital site is to be redeveloped by the Bernicia Group

An artist's impression of the new development in Ashington
An artist's impression of the new development in Ashington

Socail landlord Bernicia has been given the green light for a £13m development on the site of the Ashington Hospital.

The firm’s Social Housing Board has given the final go ahead for the project, paving the way for construction to begin next month on more than 100 new homes and a retirement complex.

The land, which has been unused for more than 10 years, will be transformed by Bernicia, which has an annual turnover of £40m turnover, employing over 370 people.

There will also be bungalows available for rent and sale under a low cost home ownership initiative.

John Johnston, deputy chief executive at Bernicia said: “We are delighted to give the go ahead to start developing the former Ashington Hospital site which will have a real positive impact on local people.

“We have worked closely with our partners; Northumberland County Council and the Homes and Communities Agency and we are eager to now start delivering this scheme which will provide much needed high quality accommodation, whilst also contributing to the regeneration of Ashington town centre.”

As part of its commitment to the Northumberland community the Bernicia Group, which provides more than 8,000 homes across the North East, said it has made sure that their work will achieve maximum community benefit.

Through the group’s Runway Programme they will be working with local schools and colleges to offer training, work experience and apprenticeship opportunities, realising the benefit of this investment long into the future.

Coun Allan Hepple, policy  board member for housing, planning and regeneration at Northumberland County Council said: “Supporting the development of new affordable homes is one of the council’s key priorities, and we have been pleased to work with Bernicia in their development of plans for this key site in Ashington.

“I look forward to seeing the new homes being built and people able to move in.”

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