BUILDER Esh is progressing rapidly on a new £800m rural development that will provide six new affordable homes in the village of Chatton in north Northumberland, alongside nine self-build plots.
The scheme involves four older people’s bungalows and two family homes, with all being made available for social rent for those most in need in the local area.
David Halfacre, chairman of County Durham firm Esh Property Services, said: “The provision of much-needed affordable housing in the rural areas of Northumberland is very important to us.
“This is the third project we have been involved with recently in rural Northumberland and we have more in the pipeline.
“At Chatton we are working closely as a team to ensure this scheme blends in with local community. Work is progressing well and we are looking forward to handing the keys over to Isos in October.”
The company hopes to complete work by October. All the new properties in Chatton are being built using stone, to blend with the existing village and the wider local environment.
They are being built to meet the standards in the Government’s Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 and will all be fitted with multi-fuel solid fuel stoves.
The National Housing Federation has found there are currently nearly 9,000 households in need of a new, affordable rented home in Northumberland. Many families will never be able to afford to buy, as the average house price is currently 9.2 times the average wage in the county ... well above the region-wide figure of 7.5 times the average wage.