WESTFIELD Village is a thriving, private and popular community within a conservation area. It has been described as the “jewel in the crown” of Guinness Northern Counties Housing Association (GNC) and as a “private, quiet oasis within a city”. An enclosed, safe and nurturing community, it provides peace of mind for both its elderly residents as well as many younger families.
"Westfield is a
very unique village
with excellent accommodation and facilities and we are proud to play a part"
Paul Roberts MD
Guinness Northern Counties
The properties are set back from well maintained and tree-lined verges with attractive memorial gardens, shrubberies, flower beds, a bowling green and striking post-First World War monument.
Thomas H Mawson, designer of the village, felt that being surrounded by beautiful, colourful gardens would aid the rehabilitation of disabled ex-servicemen, and this is a philosophy that is upheld in the present day.
Westfield War Memorial Village signed a 70-year lease and Management Agreement with GNC in 2010 and the latter is now responsible for the management of the village, including its lettings. However, both the Westfield charity and GNC work closely together to ensure that the charity's policies, criteria and philosophy are maintained.
Both the charity and Guinness Northern Counties are bound, through their lease agreement, to provide quality housing for our beneficiaries. As part of a demonstration of this committment to quality, in the seven-year period up to 2014, £960,000 had been spent on modernisation. In the ensuing seven years a further £1,169,000 will be spent.
The charity holds an office within the village and Guinness Northern Counties has an area office close by, from which the neighbourhood team manages all its properties in the area.
Admission to Westfield village is done by the following priorities:
l Disabled ex-servicemen and women.
l Regular and national service personnel who have served for a minimum of three years in the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army or Royal Air Force.
l Reservists who have served for three years and have been deployed on active service.
l Ex-Merchant Navy and support personnel who have served in conflict.
l Dependents of all of the above.
There are 113 properties on the village, 22 of which are privately owned and 90 properties available for rent.
Over the years houses have been modernised and the vilage extended to ensure a mixture of property sizes and styles to suit different housing needs:
|3 bed bungalows
|2 bed bungalows
|3 bed houses
|2 bed houses
|1 bed ground floor flats
|2 bed ground floor flats
|1 bed first floor flats
|2 bed first floor flats
(Note: Some of the flats are for over-50s only and 18 of the properties are Category 1 with lifeline facilities)
Quite a few of the properties have disabled adaptations such as stair lifts, walk-in showers and grab rails. Furthermore, quite a few of the houses have downstairs toilet facilities, etc, and all meet the governments ‘decent home standard’.
"I couldn't think of
living anywhere else,
it's lovely and safe
and we'd be happy
to stay here for the
rest of our lives"
Residents Wilf and
The Westfield charity and its partnership with GNC allows it to help applicants get onto GNC’s other housing lists if suitable accommodation is not available on the Westfield village. The village is a private area with a resident-only parking scheme, including on-street parking and two designated car parking areas. It also has 25 garages for rent to Westfield residents.
How To Apply:
If you would like to apply for a property on Westfield, or for a property within Guinness Northern Counties wider portfolio, press the link at the top left hand corner of the page or call the service centre on 0845 6059000.