Concerns over bid for new homes at town site

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Dozens of objections have been lodged against plans for 53 new homes at a Morpeth town centre site.

Permission’s Charles Church brand has applied to build the properties on land north of The Garth at Pottery Bank.

The application site is the southern extent of land known as Peacock Gap and lies directly south of a site that has planning permission for 39 residential dwellings by Story Homes.

The existing homes at Pottery Bank Court are located to the south of the Charles Church land.

One of its residents, Duncan Bennett, says in his objection: ‘The development would result in an oppressive overlook and loss of amenity to Pottery Bank Court.

‘This is a greenfield site that should be preserved and not treated as urban infill, and there would be a loss of wildlife and plantlife habitat.’

The submission of Lancaster Park resident John Jones includes the following: ‘There are currently more housing approvals than were envisaged by the Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan for the next 15 years.

‘No further applications should be approved at present and especially on green sites.’

The Northumberland Wildlife Trust has also objected. An ‘inadequate’ survey and assessment for white clawed crayfish (WCC) on behalf of the applicant is among its concerns, as it is worried about ‘another development sending surface water into a known WCC habitat’.

The planning statement for Charles Church states: ‘The development can contribute to the housing numbers for Morpeth in the short-term.

‘It is located within the settlement boundaries of Morpeth and not only accessible by pedestrian connection to the town centre, but also accessible by public transport.

‘It sensitively deals with both the Cotting Burn Wildlife Corridor and A192 Landscape Corridor.’