Go-ahead for homes plans in two villages

Plans for around 90 homes in Hadston.
Plans for around 90 homes in Hadston.

A housing developer’s bids for more than 200 homes in two Northumberland villages have been given the green light this week.

Grainger plc’s outline schemes for Hadston and Widdrington Station were both unanimously approved at Tuesday’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s strategic planning committee.

At Widdrington Station, the company is proposing to build 121 homes on greenfield land west of Grange Road and south of Grangemoor Road.

It would include two, three and four-bedroom properties and the buildings would be a mixture of terraced, semi-detached, detached and bungalows.

Originally, Widdrington Station and Stobswood Parish Council had objected to the scheme, but subsequent discussions have led to this being withdrawn.

Grainger will be obliged to provide a 20-space overspill car park adjacent to the site entrance, to be transferred to the parish council, and a contribution of £70,000 for an extension to the village community centre as well as the land for this expansion.

Also as part of the section 106 legal agreement, eight two-bedroom bungalows and four one-bedroom apartments for affordable, social rent will be built on site and there will be a £90,000 contribution towards the provision of six off-site discount market value (DMV) homes.

The Hadston scheme, described as Park View phase three, is for up to 90 homes on land close to the A1068, opposite Druridge Bay Country Park, with access from Ladyburn Way.

A previous planning permission was granted in 2009 for 86 homes on the site, but this has since expired.

The new permission is subject to a section 106 legal agreement for Grainger to provide six two-bedroom bungalows for affordable, social rent on the site and a £60,000 contribution towards the provision of four off-site DMV homes.

As well as these affordable homes, the developer will have to contribute £85,000 for a pedestrian crossing on the busy A1068 and a further £20,000 for improvements to dog-walking routes and facilities in Druridge Bay Country Park, which is just across the road from the site.

East Chevington Parish Council did not object to the application in principle, but said that Hadston needs more one and two-bedroom properties, as well as bungalows, while the scheme should contain more than a 15 per cent affordable-housing element as well as a children’s play area.

There were only two objections from neighbouring residents and no one spoke against the plans at Tuesday’s meeting.

Committee chairman, Coun Paul Kelly, asked about the impact of noise from the A1068 on the proposed homes.

The council’s public protection officer explained that the plans included proposals for a two-metre acoustic barrier on the eastern side of the site, which should keep daytime noise below the guidance levels.

He said he was more concerned about night-time noise and that during the discussions for the reserved matters application, when the details of the layout of the site are decided, it may be that some of the properties would need to be orientated so the master bedrooms are facing away from the road.