Jennifer gets keys to dream new home

Bernicia tenant Jennifer Cole gets the keys to her new bungalow from housing officer Natalie Heppell

Bernicia tenant Jennifer Cole is celebrating being given the keys to a brand new bungalow on a prestigious housing development in Bedlington.

She is the first tenant in a block of three new build bungalows on Broadoaks – the perfect property for her as she downsizes from her present home in Ashington.

Natalie Heppell, Bernicia Sales and Home Ownership Officer, handed Jennifer her keys to the two bedroom property.

“I feel great, it’s brilliant, the house is gorgeous and I’m getting a new home,” said Jennifer, 66. “I saw the plan on the website, really liked it and thought that’s where I want to live. It’s smaller than the house I’ve been living in but it suits my needs. There’s nothing I need to do to the property other than get the carpets down. Natalie has been wonderful, really nice and I was very surprised when I was offered it.  It will be different because I live in a house and so I won’t have stairs to climb anymore!”

A further three bungalows for rent and two three-bedroom homes are currently under construction by Miller Homes on Broadoaks and due to go onto the rental market through Bernicia later this year.

Jeff Boyd, Bernicia Assistant Director of Development, said: “Handing keys to tenants to their new homes is the most enjoyable aspect of our job and is the culmination of all we do at Bernicia.  It’s great for us to see how thrilled Jennifer is with her new property. Broadoaks is a much sought after estate in Bedlington and we look forward to welcoming more new bungalows and family homes into our range of affordable rented properties.”

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