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Affordable rural homes built to rent and buy.

Byline: Christopher Knox

NORTH East housebuilder Yuill Homes has completed its Cardinal Point development in the Northumberland village of Beadnell following a year of successful partnership working.

The development, created in partnership with Four Housing Group and Northumberland County Council, has provided 38 two and threebedroom cottage-style affordable homes for sale, rent and shared ownership off Longbeach Drive.

The mixed tenure development received funding of pounds 555,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and was developed to help tackle the shortage of affordable housing in the area.

The development, which took over 12 months to complete, will see a selection of the homes managed by Berwick Borough Housing, part of Four Housing Group, to provide new affordable homes for rent and shared ownership.

David Mullins, managing director for Hartlepool-based Yuill Homes, said: "Yuill Homes is proud to have worked in partnership with Four Housing Group, Northumberland County Council and the HCA on such an important rural housing development as Cardinal Point.

"We are committed to supporting the sustainability of local communities across the North East and are delighted to have created a highquality mixed-tenure housing development that has enabled a range of local home-buyers to afford the opportunity to remain in or relocate to one of Northumberland's most desirable coastal villages."

Lynda Peacock, group director of development and regeneration at Four Housing, said: "This is a great example of a mixed tenure development that fully meets our objective of building socially and environmentally responsible housing in rural places where people need access to affordable homes.

"Cardinal Point embodies that principle and it has been gratifying to see the significant interest in the new development from locals, which shows how welcomed these new homes in Beadnell really are."

The development is the latest in a series of rural housing schemes in Northumberland to receive funding from the HCA, which has recently invested in new affordable homes in Lesbury, Falstone and Allendale.

Bill Carr, area manager at the HCA, said: "This part of the county has a wide gap between house prices and average earnings, so new affordable homes will make a huge difference for hard-pressed families."

Councillor Tom Brechany, executive member responsible for housing at Northumberland County Council, said: "A lack of affordable homes can have an acute impact in coastal areas such as this, where second homes can also affect availability.

"That is why it is great to see this high-quality development of new, affordable housing complete and ready to be occupied by local people who are in need of housing."


DAY From left, area manager at the HCA Bill Carr, managing director at Yuill Homes David Mullins, chair of Berwick Housing Brian Spears, housing service manager at Northumberland County Council Joy Lockhart and Four Housing's Lynda Peacock
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Sep 9, 2011
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