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Community Art Project completed

  Community Art Project

This bench is the product of a community art project organised by SCATA and funded by ISOS Housing.  Inspired by the ideas of children from Broomley First School working with local artist Niki Black, the bench depicts the animal life found in and around Stocksfield Burn.  Created from part of a local fallen oak tree it was carved by Northumberland-based sculptor Luca Serra.

The photo shows the official 'unveiling' on 12 October 2015.

SCATA would like to thank our builders N. B. Clark (Morpeth) Ltd and Mr T. Richardson of Wheelbirks for their help and support without which this project would not have been possible.  We hope it will be appreciated by the residents of Stocksfield for many years to come.


Stocksfield’s affordable homes project wins National Housing Award


The development of 7 affordable homes – 6 in Guessburn and 1 at Branch End – has won national acclaim after picking up a National Housing Award in London.
At a high profile ceremony in front of 600 invited guests at the London Lancaster Hotel, representatives from SCATA and Isos housing were thrilled and surprised to be announced as the winners of the ‘Best Partnership Award’.

The photograph shows 5 directors of SCATA with Vince Walsh, Development manager at Isos Housing and the chief executive of the sponsors after receiving the award from comedian and TV personality Marcus Brigstocke.

The National Housing Awards are run by the National Housing Federation and celebrate excellence in affordable housing. The citation from the judges was particularly pleasing – describing the project as "…… a good example of local positive control to meet local housing needs". It went on to say that "…… this structure could be replicated elsewhere as a way of meeting changing demand in smaller communities".

Guessburn Project Nominated For Prestigious Housing Award

The pioneering partnership project between SCATA and ISOS has been nominated  in the Best Partnership Category in the 2015 National Housing Awards

The new SCATA/Isos homes developed on Guessburn in Stocksfield have just been shortlisted for a very prestigious, national awards scheme.

The development of 6 community-owned affordable rented homes in Stocksfield, Northumberland is being considered for the Best Partnership prize at the National Housing Awards, run by the National Housing Federation. 

The pioneering partnership project between local community business SCATA and social housing provider Isos saw the construction of two new bungalows and four flats at Guessburn in the village.

The development has been built on land owned by SCATA(Stocksfield Community Association’s Trading ARM) which means the homes will remain owned by the people of Stocksfield for generations to come.

A local lettings policy applies to the development to ensure that those people with a clear connection with the village are given priority for letting the homes.

The £900,000 development was supported by grant funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

SCATA director Norman Hooks said:

“We’re delighted to be shortlisted for this award. The scheme was always about providing affordable homes for our community, but we hope it will also act as a beacon to other villages like ours, to show that they too can deliver projects like this.

“As our chairman Pete Duncan has said before, with a bit of imagination and a lot of determination, a community like ours can lead the way on providing high quality affordable rented homes.”

Vince Walsh, development manager for Isos, said: “Getting a project like this built is never easy, with so many stakeholders to consider, so it’s entirely appropriate that this scheme should be considered for the Best Partnership Award. We’re so proud of what’s been achieved in Stocksfield – and the message it sends about the importance of affordable homes for rural communities.”

SCATA is a community owned company based in Stocksfield, Northumberland. We have just completed the development of 7 new affordable homes for rent by local people on two brownfield sites in the village.