December 18th, 2019

Following unanimous planning approval in May 2019 by Northumberland County Council’s planning department, award-winning house builder, Ascent Homes has revealed plans to create much needed affordable housing in Wooler announcing start on site for initial enabling works. 

KingsMead, Wooler is a rural development of new build homes which will be constructed on a five-acre site next to Wooler Water.

The development, which is being constructed by Ascent Home’s in-house construction team, will create 72 homes, 11 of which will be affordable.  Seven will be for affordable rent and four will be available to eligible buyers at a discount market value.

To meet growth in demand for new homes in Wooler, and to support the local authority’s new homes strategy, KingsMead will deliver a selection of two, three and four-bed properties including bungalows, semi-detached and detached houses.

Following its success at designing and constructing attractive, spacious homes, the developer plans to build standard house types on the site including the Tulip, Holly and Oakall of which are styles that have proved extremely popular on earlier developments.

Due to technical constraints, initial ground works are required before construction of the individual properties can commence and these are expected to take approximately three months to complete.

Speaking about this latest development, Ascent Homes’ development director, Duncan Bowman said:

“It is fantastic to be able to announce the name of the development and see early works get underway.  The fact that the scheme was given unanimous support by Northumberland County Council’s planning Committee earlier this year gives me the confidence that we have adopted a sensitive approach to designing new homes for this a beautiful rural location.

“Rural communities need good quality housing and Ascent Homes prides itself on build quality as well as creating developments that work with the needs of the local community and their immediate surroundings.  In the case of KingsMead, we will build the affordable homes first which is encouraging for anyone in the area wishing to get on to the property ladder.”

Adding his thoughts to the announcement, Advance Northumberlands chair, Richard Wearmouth commented:

“The need to provide high quality housing in rural communities is ever present and I’m delighted that Ascent Homes continues to make a positive contribution towards meeting the county’s need by accounting start on site at Kings Mead.”

Ascent Homes anticipates being able to sell off plan early in the New Year.