Chance to view new plans for St George’s site

Neil Graham of the Homes and Communities Agency, Brian Ham of the Home Group and Steve McCoy of Linden Homes at the start of work on the �90m project to transform the former St. George's Hospital in Morpeth' into a community development of 374 mixed tenure homes.  'Picture by Jane Coltman
Neil Graham of the Homes and Communities Agency, Brian Ham of the Home Group and Steve McCoy of Linden Homes at the start of work on the �90m project to transform the former St. George's Hospital in Morpeth' into a community development of 374 mixed tenure homes. 'Picture by Jane Coltman

Morpeth residents will have their first opportunity next week to see a masterplan for hundreds more new homes in the northern part of the town.

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is currently preparing various documents in relation to the remainder of the former St George’s Hospital site.

As part of this process, it will run a consultation exercise to gain early feedback on the emerging proposal and the first public event where residents can see what has been carried out so far will take place on Tuesday in Morpeth Town Hall.

This area has been identified by Northumberland County Council as a strategic location for future housing growth in Morpeth and approval has already been granted for 375 properties in the south east section of the site.

Ali Johnson, project manager for the HCA, said: “The St George’s site is a key housing site in Morpeth and Northumberland, with the capacity for around 1,000 homes.

“The public consultation marks a positive step towards bringing forward high quality new homes that the area needs.”

Those who come along to the informal event will be able to meet HCA representatives and staff from Arup, which has been preparing the plans for the site, who will be able to answer any questions.

It will take place between 11am and 7pm.

The HCA’s first set of applications for the 375 homes scheme were approved earlier this year. Full planning permission for 119 dwellings was granted and outline permission was also given for the second (115 new homes) and third (up to 141 dwellings) phases.