Firm to review position of acoustic bund at housing site

Some of the West View residents who have raised concerns over plans for an acoustic barrier of soil being built in front of their homes.
 Picture by Jane Coltman
Some of the West View residents who have raised concerns over plans for an acoustic barrier of soil being built in front of their homes. Picture by Jane Coltman
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A house-building company is reviewing its proposed location for some muck shifting – the process of moving large quantities of soil and rock – in an area of Morpeth after concerns were raised by residents.

The St Andrews Gardens development is being built by Taylor Wimpey on the former NHS Northgate Hospital site and last Friday, letters were sent to people living in West View to say that works to create an acoustic bund using material excavated from the site would begin this week.

But the residents, some are pictured, were unhappy that the soil was scheduled to be placed on a green area that is well-used by families in the group of 12 homes. One of them, Claire Rowlands, said: “It would be a blot on the landscape and spoil a much-valued area of land.”

They called the site team and Northumberland County Council planning officers.

And yesterday, a Taylor Wimpey North East spokesman said: “As a responsible home-builder committed to listening to the views of those in the communities in which we build, we are currently reviewing the position of the acoustic bund proposed at our St Andrews Gardens development.

“In light of recent feedback, all works are suspended while we review the matter and we will communicate any updates as soon as we can to those in the area.”

A county council spokesman said: “Our planning officer is in dialogue with Taylor Wimpey to find a more suitable location for the bund.

“There will be no movement of soil at present.”