Go-ahead for outline plans at hospital site

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The outline plans for a major development of almost 900 new homes in Morpeth have been given the green light.

The scheme, for up to 875 homes and a local centre with shops, at the former St George’s Hospital site, was unanimously approved at Tuesday’s meeting of the county council’s strategic planning committee.

The housing will be built in four phases over 15 years, but it is not yet known whether a new school will be built on the site.

Also given the go-ahead was the detailed application for a link road and a junction on the under-construction Morpeth Northern Bypass. This will be the only access to the site – there will be no through route to Collingwood Lane, apart from for buses.

The site, which was transferred to the Homes & Community Agency (HCA) when the former hospital closed, surrounds the existing and ongoing development of 375 homes, to the north, north-west and west.