Campaign stepped up against homes plan

CAMPAIGNERS have stepped up their fight against plans for a new housing estate in Morpeth.

The application by Bellway Homes North East for 200 homes on a greenfield site in Loansdean has been validated by Northumberland County Council.

It involves properties ranging from apartments to five-bedroom detached family homes and 50 per cent of them will be classed as affordable housing.

Residents now have until October 24 to make their comments on the scheme and the South Morpeth Coalition, which was formed to oppose this bid and others in the area should they arise, is urging them to put forward their objections.

A spokesman for the group said: “We know everyone is busy, but it is important that we all individually send in our objections to show the county council the strength of support for the reasons why this development will have an adverse effect on Morpeth.

“If you are still hesitating about whether to send in an objection, imagine a large building site in that field — a noisy, dusty eyesore for many years — site traffic, extra traffic and the permanent loss of the lovely field.

“Bellway is proposing a high proportion of ‘affordable housing’ as they know this element is an attractive proposition for the council.

“We acknowledge the need for affordable housing in Morpeth, but there are other, brownfield areas which are more appropriate — there is no need to develop a greenfield site which is outside the settlement boundary and would be contrary to the Local Plan.”

The application documents can either be viewed in hard copy at County Hall and the Customer Information Centre in Bridge Street, or online.

To make comments, write to Development Management, Northumberland County Council, Allerburn House, Denwick Lane, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1YY, or email North.planning@northumberland.gov.uk quoting application reference number 11/02454/FUL

Bellway’s plans for the site also include an outline bid for a commercial building. The company or organisation which wants to move in would need to put in a more detailed application.