Published: 8th Aug 2019

Northumberland County Council has approved a new housing strategy that could see 1,000 new affordable homes built in the county over the next four years. The council says they are now developing a range of programmes to increase the provision of affordable housing, both directly through its own activities and as part of the planning process. Potential development sites within the council’s ownership are also being evaluated to see if they are suitable for affordable housing. Northumberland has an ageing population with the number of the over 65’s set to increase by 42.4% from 74,494 to 106,079 by 2031. The council believes this will present significant challenges to make sure older people are properly housed and supported.There are also around 34,000 households in Northumberland that have at least one family member with a physical disability and half are over 65 years old. To help tackle this issue, the strategy outlines plans … (To read the full article, subscribe below)