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Housing development intended for local people

Planning approval has been given for the construction of 48 new properties on land adjacent to the south and west of Dandsfield Square as part of NCC’s Affordable Homes Programme.

Homes for Northumberland held meetings with the Town Council and a public consultation; feedback from these meetings brought about amendments which were made to the suggested plans. These were well received at a subsequent meeting.

Building will take place on a field which does contain goal posts, but is not a designated recreation space, and has been earmarked for housing for a number of years. A play space will be provided within the design, although the area is substantially reduced. The form of the playing facility provided will be decided upon after further consultations and discussions with planning officers. During building, a safe area of the field will be kept open.

Northumberland County Council is aiming to start on the site in March 2014. Galliford Try has won a competitive tender for the scheme, but contracts are yet to be signed. It is hoped to complete the project by spring/summer of 2015 (subject to weather conditions and other external factors).

Homes for Northumberland told The Ambler that the properties being constructed are based on the local housing need: 8 two-bedroom bungalows, 12 one bedroom apartments, 20 two bedroom houses, 8 three bedroom houses

There are approximately 240 applicants on the waiting list for housing in Amble; so HFN believe the demand is there from the local population.

Properties will be offered to applicants through the normal Homefinder process. It cannot be guaranteed that all of the successful applicants will currently reside in Amble, but priority is to be given to those with a local connection.

Further information on these plans can be found on the County Council’s website.

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