Peacock Gap housing appeal lodged

A developer has lodged an appeal over the rejection of its plans for a Morpeth housing scheme.

Story Homes had applied to build 39 executive properties at Peacock Gap, but the proposal was refused by Northumberland County Council’s North Area Planning Committee in February over concerns about height, design, mass and road safety.

We do believe that we have a strong case at appeal.

James Johnson, Story Homes Planner

Now the developer has submitted an appeal against the decision.

Story Homes Planner James Johnson said: “We were disappointed to have our plans refused at the start of the year, but we do believe that we have a strong case at appeal.

“We have worked closely with the local authority over a period of 12 months to prepare the proposals, which represent a high quality development, respect the character of the area and provide significant improvements to current junction arrangements.

“We are hopeful that the appeal will be allowed and we can bring our award-winning homes to Morpeth.”

The plans were for a mix of four and five-bedroom homes from the developer’s Signature range.

They included realignment of the Fulbeck Lane junction with the A192 and a financial contribution towards affordable housing elsewhere.

The application was recommended for approval by county planning officers and 19 letters of support were submitted.

However, it was opposed by Morpeth Town Council, and there were 23 letters of objection.