Bernicia completes first homes at Northumberland housing scheme

Bernicia has announced the completion of the first set of homes at its new affordable housing scheme in Ellington, Northumberland.
Representatives at Wayside Point, the new affordable housing scheme in Ellington, Northumberland. Credit: Bernicia

The North East housing association Bernicia has announced the completion of the first set of homes at its new affordable housing scheme in Northumberland.

Bernicia is working with housebuilder Ascent Homes to build 99 family houses and bungalows at Wayside Point, a rural development at the former Ellington Colliery site in Ellington.

The site, home of the North East’s last operational deep mine before Ellington Colliery closed in 2005, was acquired by Ascent Homes from Harworth Estates in 2017.

Bernicia, which provides homes and services to over 60,000 customers in the North of England, says the scheme will bring ‘much-needed’ affordable homes to Ellington, providing the village’s first new sizeable housing estate for years.

Bernicia’s chief executive John Johnston said: “These new homes will help meet the demand for quality new build properties, at an affordable rent, in a popular area with great transport links across Northumberland and to Newcastle.

“The site itself is hugely important in the industrial history of Northumberland and these homes play an important role in bold regeneration plans by providing high quality accommodation for future generations.”

The new development Ascent Homes is building for Bernicia will deliver 28 affordable rent homes including bungalows and semi-detached houses in its first phase.

The homes will be a selection of two- and three-bedroom properties, comprising nine two-bedroom bungalows, 12 two-bedroom houses, and seven three-bedroom houses.

The homes will help meet the demand for new homes in Ellington and support Northumberland County Council’s strategy to build 151 affordable homes a year in the county up to 2023. Bernicia has also set itself the target of building at least 600 new affordable homes by 2023.

Cllr Richard Wearmouth, portfolio holder for business and tourism on Northumberland County Council and chair of Advance Northumberland, said: “Our Ascent Homes team have worked in partnership with Bernicia from the inception of this project to deliver high quality affordable homes in a remarkably short period of time. In doing so we have supported local housebuilding jobs and furthered the regeneration of this ex-coalfield site.

“The need to provide high quality housing in rural areas is ever present and I’m delighted that by working together we can provide a positive contribution towards meeting the county’s needs. This sets a real blueprint for future work together on additional schemes around Northumberland.”

The contract to deliver the homes at Wayside Point began in autumn last year and will be completed by this Christmas, meaning that residents can look to rent the new homes from the New Year.

The Wayside Point development will also benefit from a new Co-op food store which will be built adjacent to the site and which is set to open in early 2021.

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