Chance to see designs for housing project

The Elmwood at Saint George, Morpeth, will look like this.
The Elmwood at Saint George, Morpeth, will look like this.
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The types and styles of new homes for a major scheme being built in Morpeth have been unveiled.

And Linden Homes has opened a shop at 17 Newgate Street to allow visitors to view artist’s impressions and floor plans of the development.

In total, Saint George will deliver 374 properties – from two bedroomed apartments to five bedroomed houses – on the site of the former St George’s Hospital.

The first phase comprises 119 homes, of which 83 will be for outright sale, 14 for shared ownership and 22 for affordable rent.

The £90 million project, designed to regenerate the semi-derelict site, involves the Homes and Communities Agency, Galliford Try and Home Group – a UK housing and care provider.

Linden Homes, Galliford Try’s house-building division, is constructing the properties and the designs are exclusive to Morpeth.

Stephen McCoy, Galliford Try Partnerships North managing director, said: “The aim of the scheme is to create a high-quality housing development, integrated into the surrounding area and linked to existing natural features such as the adjacent Bluebell and Howburn Woods, which will be enhanced.

“The regeneration project will also provide significant public open space that will produce a development which is very different to anything else available in the area.

“The homes themselves have been designed specifically for this site and with Morpeth’s architectural style very much in mind. They will boast extremely high levels of specification.”

The development was given the green light by a Northumberland County Council planning committee in March following public consultation, the feedback from which was used to inform the design of the scheme.

As part of the process, planners were also provided with a 74-page report by architecture, planning and landscape specialist JRP.

Laura Mepham, associate director with JRP, said: “The vision is to create a development within the trees, which is connected to the woodland via a parkland and mini-arboretum. 

“This green core is to be flanked by development that reflects its position in relation to the parkland, perimeter road and existing green space.”