Housing bids to be decided

Iain Elliott (left)-Chairman of Longhorsley Parish Council and County Coun  Glen Sanderson seen at Longhorsley village-concerns about new housing.'REF 1201158188
Iain Elliott (left)-Chairman of Longhorsley Parish Council and County Coun Glen Sanderson seen at Longhorsley village-concerns about new housing.'REF 1201158188

Two bids that would see another 80 homes built in Longhorsley could get the go-ahead this evening.

At Northumberland County Council’s North Area Planning Committee, both applications are recommended for approval by planning officers.

If these applications are approved, the 80 new homes will be a ridiculous number for a village of our size.

Iain Elliott, Chairman of Longhorsley Parish Council

Partner Investments’ outline scheme is for up to 55 dwellings on land south east of the Shoulder of Mutton pub in South Road, while Cussins hopes to build 25 homes with access, landscaping and parking north of Reivers Gate.

Both have been opposed by Longhorsley Parish Council due to concerns that it would result in a 33 per cent growth in residential properties in the village. Partner Investments’ plans have sparked 36 letters of objection and the Cussins’ bid 24, but the planning officer states that each scheme represents sustainable development and should be approved.

Parish Council Chairman Iain Elliott said: “If these applications are approved, the 80 new homes will be a ridiculous number for a village of our size. It would be unfair for our community to be forced to cope with such an increase.

“We can make representations to reflect the strength of feeling in the community, but we’re not confident about the ability of the county council to refuse these types of applications when there is no five-year housing land supply provision in place. We’re not against development in the village, we’re just asking for an appropriate housing number.”