When Northumberland Estates purchased Alnmouth Boys Club in 2008 the initial idea was to create holiday apartments in this seaside town. The Parish Council objected to the loss of a community facility and more holiday homes, claiming that if development was to proceed what the village needed was affordable housing and private family homes for local people. Liaising with the Parish Council, a plan was eventually conceived which met these needs. It required development on two sites, that of the former Boys Club and that of the local allotments.
At the time only two of the 12 allotments were being actively used and the plots were very large, overgrown and difficult to work, making them hard to let. Thanks to a degree of compromise on both sides and close partnership working a solution was found.
The resulting scheme proposed 16 private and seven affordable houses, plus 12 new and improved allotment plots on a much improved site. With the support of Alnmouth Parish Council, planning was approved and local developer Sturton Grange Developments purchased the sites from Northumberland Estates, with not-for-profit housing provider Four Housing taking on the affordable housing element. Officially opened by the Duchess of Northumberland in March 2015, all seven of the affordable homes had been swiftly let to tenants with a local connection to the area.