Thursday, 28 February 2013

LABOUR PROMISE TO TACKLE HOUSING SHORTAGE IN NORTHUMBERLAND

PRESS RELEASE
LABOUR PROMISE TO TACKLE HOUSING SHORTAGE
A LABOUR COUNCIL WILL PLEDGE TO BUILD AT LEAST 1300 AFFORDABLE HOMES BY 2017’ – Grant Davey, Labour group leader
Labour have promised to tackle the record housing waiting list in Northumberland by building at least 1300 homes over a four year period should they secure a majority in the council chamber after 2 May elections.
The council’s recently released Housing Needs Survey revealed the council needed to build at least 240 homes per year over the next 10 years to make inroads into its housing waiting list.
Labour’s plans will mean over 450 new affordable homes each for the West of Northumberland, North Northumberland and South East Northumberland areas  with development envisaged for communities from Haltwhistle to Newbiggin and Berwick to Cramlington. Forty seven towns and villages will be in line for new homes under Labour’s plans. There is also a pledge not to touch the county ‘green belt’ with brownfield sites identified for each development.
Labour plans to expand access to affordable houses county wide by supporting Homes for Northumberland and the county Housing Association partners through an innovative plan to use prudential borrowing to enable Homes for Northumberland to build homes on the ‘basis of an invest to save model’. It means the authority would borrow and then lend the cash to build the homes, recouping the loan over 25 years.
Plans also include encouraging Arch, the Councils arms-length regeneration partner to expand use of their intermediate housing stock (Arch Housing former NCPC) as well as assisting through the purchase of void and hard to sell properties, moving them into the intermediate rental market. Arch is believed to have assets over £60m
The spin offs from this pledge include at least 350 new build, affordable homes per year which are envisaged to create at least 500 construction jobs per year.
Labour will begin with a craft apprentice training scheme linked to the construction phase to raise the skills base of our communities and the construction phase will also help to maintain 3000 supply chain jobs throughout the county.

Labour group leader Grant Davey said
Over the last 5 years communities have been crying out for affordable homes and we’ve listened. Our plans would build at least 1300 new affordable homes over the next 4 years which would create new jobs and support existing ones. If the people of Northumberland elect a Labour majority in the council chamber on 2 May, we will bring forward detailed plans to kick start the Northumberland economy through the most ambitious affordable house building programme in the county for over 40 years within the first 100 days’.


Notes for Editors 
Development areas on identified brownfield sites
  1. Acomb
  2. Allendale
  3. Barrasford
  4. Bellingham
  5. Chollerford
  6. Corbridge
  7. Fourstones
  8. Haltwhistle
  9. Haydon Bridge
  10. Hexham
  11. Mickley Square
  12. Newbrough
  13. Otterburn
  14. Ovingham
  15. Ponteland
  16. Prudhoe
  17. Rochester
  18. Stocksfield
  19. Tarset
  20. Wark
  21. West Woodburn
  22. Ashington
  23. Bedlington
  24. Blyth
  25. Cramlington
  26. Cambois
  27. Seaton Delaval
  28. Morpeth
  29. Newbiggin
  30. Acklington
  31. Alnmouth
  32. Alnwick
  33. Amble
  34. Belford
  35. Berwick
  36. Broomhill
  37. Christon Bank
  38. Cornhill on Tweed
  39. Craster
  40. Eshott
  41. Felton
  42. Hadston
  43. Holy Island
  44. Horncliffe
  45. Lesbury
  46. Longframlington
  47. Longhorsley



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