Battle may still go on over Kylins plan

MORPETH councillors may continue the battle to prevent changes to housing plans.

Local residents suffered a blow when Planning Inspector Graham Snowdon allowed Charles Church North East to alter its designs for The Kylins in order to ‘flip’ some of the plots to face onto the main distributor road.

He also approved its request to change the house types closest to Southfield and Sweethope Dene, making them 60cm higher and 4m nearer to properties to the north, and adding an extra home.

Both amendments were fiercely opposed by residents, who argued that they were a major departure from the original development brief for the site.

Their concerns included the impact on road safety, extra traffic, on-street parking shortages, over-looking and a loss of privacy.

At a meeting of Morpeth Town Council’s Planning and Transport Committee, members were told by Coun David Parker that the authority could make a complaint about the decision, seek a judicial review, or do both.

Coun Mark Horton said: “This judgement is flawed and is a slap in the face to the work put in by our council, Northumberland County Council and the residents.

“It flies in the face of local justice.”

The issue of what to do next will be discussed further at the next meeting of the committee on Wednesday.