Public exhibition for new flats plans

An impression of McCarthy and Stone's retirement flats planned for Morpeth.
An impression of McCarthy and Stone's retirement flats planned for Morpeth.
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New plans for retirement apartments in Morpeth will be on display next week.

McCarthy and Stone is inviting feedback from residents at a public exhibition on its initial proposal to build 55 one and two-bedroom apartments on the former Davidsons of Morpeth site near the Telford Bridge.

It also includes approximately 42 on-site parking spaces and attractive, landscaped gardens.

Regional Managing Director (Northern) for the developer Steve Secker said: “We have spent time carefully researching the local architecture to ensure that our proposal is in-keeping and sympathetic to its surroundings, but now we want to hear the views of the local community.

“Members of our project team will be on hand at the event to answer questions and listen to feedback. The plans are at a very early stage and where possible, we will amend them to reflect people’s comments.”

The public exhibition will take place on Thursday, May 21, at St James’ Community Centre, Wellway, between 3pm and 7pm.

If you are unable to attend or would like further information, McCarthy and Stone has provided a freephone information line to call (0800 2987040) and set up a website covering the initial proposal, which can be found at www.mccarthyandstone-consultation.co.uk/morpeth

In 2012, the developer submitted an application for 51 retirement flats off Cottingwood Lane. The Cottingwood Lane Residents’ Action Group collected a 420-name petition and there were more than 100 letters of objection.

The bid was turned down by the county council’s North Area Planning Committee and an appeal was rejected by a planning inspector a year later.