Ida Homes reveals plans to build 37 homes in Belford

Ida Homes has unveiled plans to build 37 homes on a six-acre site in Belford.

The Morpeth-based developer has lodged proposals with Northumberland County Council to bring much-needed new housing to the village.

Ida Homes has applied to build 10 affordable homes for local people, along with 27 private homes, on agricultural land between Sunnyhills Farm Shop and South Meadows Caravan Park.

The site was granted outline planning consent for housing more than two years ago.

Charlie Maling-Dunn, Operations Director for Ida Homes, said: “There is a proven need for more high-quality homes in Northumberland and fulfilling this demand is one of Ida Homes’ founding principles.

“Belford is a sustainable village with excellent amenities and this particular site has long been established as a suitable location for new homes.

“The need for affordable homes is particularly high in Northumberland. Our plans for the land at South Meadows provide 27 per cent as affordable, compared with the county council’s policy requirement of 15 per cent.

“Crucially, the private and affordable homes should be of equal design quality and our proposals will deliver on this.

“We are a young company and are already developing a reputation as a housebuilder of exceptional quality for every home we build.”

Ida Homes would build two, three four and five-bedroom homes, including detached and semi-detached houses and bungalows.

An area to the front of the development, close to the farm shop, would be preserved as a drainage basin which would encourage new wildlife habitats. Hedgehog highways would be created throughout the development, allowing hedgehogs to pass freely through fences from garden to garden.

Northumberland County Council has begun consulting on the plans. Ida Homes hopes to secure planning consent in March and work would start soon afterwards. The homes could be released for sale by the end of 2023 and the first residents would move in early in 2024.

The team from Ida Homes has previously built developments in Ellingham, Christon Bank and Chatton. The company was officially launched under the Ida Homes brand in November. It has started work building new apartments at King Edward’s Place in Cottingwood Lane, Morpeth.