Concern over bid to change housing plan

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Residents are unhappy about an application to make housing alterations at a major scheme in Stobhill.

And if the proposal to reduce the number of smaller properties out of the 396 homes to be built on agricultural land between Morpeth and Hepscott is approved, there are concerns that this would make it easier for other developments in the area to get the green light.

The Barratt David Wilson Homes and Tees Valley Housing development received planning permission in December when then Communities Secretary Eric Pickles ruled in favour of the firms following a planning inquiry at Morpeth Town Hall last summer.

Although the total housing number will stay the same, they recently applied to Northumberland County Council to have 20 fewer two-bedroom properties and one less one-bedroom home, an increase of 11 to the four-bedroom houses that will be built, an additional seven three-bedroom properties and three more of the five-bedroom accommodation.

Ten residents have already objected. Among them is Alison Bravey, who said that the firms should have to stick to their original plans.

She added: “One and two-bedroom properties are in short supply and high demand. Allowing this variation would allow other developers to use it as an excuse for further building development in Stobhill to make up for the shortfall in such properties.

“For example, the application to build apartments on the land east of Turner Square to which I also strongly object.”

Another objector, Fred Dye, said the application “flies in the face of the hundreds of Morpeth and Hepscott residents who strongly objected to the whole development”.