Work starts on community development scheme

Work starts on groundbreaking community developmentWork has started on a ground-breaking, £900,000 housing development to provide new affordable homes for local people on two brownfield sites in Stocksfield, Northumberland.

The development is one of the very first in the country to be a led by a local community group that will help boost the local economy and create new jobs.

The homes will remain the property of Stocksfield Community Association Trading Arm (SCATA) with Isos managing the homes on a long lease and funding the construction work alongside the HCA.

The entire project should be completed by March 2015 while provide significant employment opportunities for people in the construction trades

Pete Duncan, chair of SCATA, said: “As a not for profit community business, our role is to help meet local needs and plough back as much as we can into projects and programmes which directly benefit the local community.

Our first development project is doing just that – providing much needed homes for rent for local people and re-investing £100,000 in sports facilities in the village.

“At a time when it seems most of our countryside is fair game for developers, we are building homes on previously developed sites – not in the green belt. It really is a ‘win-win’ project for the whole village”

Vince Walsh, development and regeneration manager at Isos, said: “This is an important development both for Stocksfield and the wider area. The community here has taken a positive approach, recognising the need for more affordable homes, and demonstrating how building those homes can have wider benefits too.

“We look forward to supporting SCATA in delivering a project which will provide affordable homes here for generations to come.”