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Work Commences on 300 New homes in Northumberland

House builder Ascent Homes has commenced work on their largest housing site to date.

Planning permission was approved in March this year, for 327 properties by Whinney Farm Cottages, between Choppington and Guide Post in Northumberland.

Published: 01 October 2021

Ascent Homes have started work on phase one at Whinney Hill, comprising a range of 2, 3 and 4-bedroom family houses and bungalows. The initial phase comprises of over 100 homes and will include 28 affordable homes which will be prioritised for local residents and are due to commence construction next year.

There will three show homes of different house types which will be complete and open ready for summer 2022.

Ascent Homes, the house-building arm of the council-owned company Advance Northumberland, has developed a masterplan which incorporates tree lined avenues and a green corridor through the site. It also includes works to the existing highway.

The project is expected to employ up to 140 people in construction, providing new jobs and apprenticeship opportunities for local people and contracts for local suppliers and subcontractors. As well as the investment into North East based companies who will be employed to deliver the scheme, once occupied, the homes will bring an increased level of spend into the local area. The development will also generate extra income to Northumberland County Council through Council Tax helping to underpin vital public services.

Duncan Bowman, Ascent Homes Development Director said: “This site is a fantastic and important addition to our growing portfolio of developments in Northumberland. In working with our development partners, we have produced a masterplan for this scheme which aims to create a housing estate built around a tree lined avenue and linked landscaped areas. In addition to our housing offer for sale, we will also be delivering 28 affordable homes which include bungalows. We aim to deliver a quality of scheme which shall be seen as a real flagship development for both ourselves and the local area.”

Jeff Watson, Chair of Advance Northumberland said: “This is an excellent scheme that will benefit both the young and the old in this area and we're pleased the first priority for the affordable homes will be given to local people in housing need.

"It's also set to bring much needed jobs and provide a further boost to Northumberland's economy."

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