I attended the consultation about plans for the proposed redevelopment of the Northumberland County Hall site in Morpeth
The plans consist of 200 houses, commercial development and a first school.
There were attendees running into the hundreds, with Lib Dem and Conservatives councillors present, but no sign of any Labour councillors to listen to views.
The first school was generally supported, but there was universal opposition to the 200 houses and the bland, off-the-shelf, commercial development.
There are already hundreds of houses under construction in Morpeth, and the commercial development, unbelievably, includes a ‘drive through restaurant’ opposite the first school.
The commercial proposal for an edge-of-town site is also contrary to developments in recent years, which have all concentrated on Morpeth town centre. Ironically, it is also contrary to the Labour administration’s much-promoted investment in Ashington, which is all about focusing on the town centre.
So in the unlikely event of the administration remembering that residents’ views should count, the message was loud and clear – the housing is not needed and the commercial development is not wanted.
No doubt the message will be ignored and planning applications will be approved before next May’s local elections.