L-R: John Holmes, chair of Bernicia, Ann Athey, Bernicia tenant and John Johnston, Bernicia chief executive.
Jane Imrie

Affordable housing project completed in Northumberland coastal village

A series of newly-built homes have been handed over to tenants in the Northumberland village of Seahouses.

Social housing provider Bernicica has handed over the keys to nine new homes, including six bungalows and three two-bedroomed properties, on James Street and Stone Close.

Construction of the properties commenced May 2019 and was completed by Bernicia’s in-house build team.

Tenant Ann Athey said: “I’m overjoyed that moving day is nearly here. My new home has everything where I need it and it’s much more accessible than where I live now.

“Getting a new house built can seem like a daunting thing to do but Bernicia has provided a brilliant service and been really supportive, making the whole process really easy. I just can’t wait to get settled in.”

John Johnston, chief executive at Bernicia, said: “A key priority for us is to provide quality new houses where people are proud to live and it’s fantastic to see how happy our tenants are with their new homes.

“The original houses on the site were unsuitable for modern living and the outdated heating systems were very expensive to run.

“We’ve replaced them with brand new buildings that are energy efficient, providing homes that make quality of life affordable and that are enjoyable to live in.”

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