Residents come together to oppose bid for new homes

Town Councillors and residents at Emily Davison Avenue, Morpeth-row about new development.'REF 2302155957
Town Councillors and residents at Emily Davison Avenue, Morpeth-row about new development.'REF 2302155957
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A group of residents had a close look at a site in Morpeth where four executive homes are being proposed.

And those who have concerns over the outline application by Les Stephenson for land south east of Newminster Abbey House have strengthened their opposition following the site visit on Monday morning.

They walked to the area from a gate at the top end of Emily Davison Avenue in Kirkhill. This would be where the revised access road starts – as opposed to a driveway that links to the Low Ford Bridge in the original application.

A total of 30 to 35 people, including a few Morpeth town councillors, went on the site visit. Frank Baron, who lives in Emily Davison Avenue, was one of the residents in attendance.

He said: “The quality of the road at the top end of the street is not very good and it will be made even worse if construction vehicles go along it, and the turn required to head towards Newminster Abbey House is very tight, so the road would need to be widened.

“Four cul-de-sacs were included in the design of our estate to provide places for children to play. The biggest one is in Emily Davison Avenue and it will probably be wiped out if this scheme gets approved.

“Residents in Blagdon Close and Ogle Avenue are also concerned about the detrimental impact this development would have on them and their family members.”

Another issue raised by the objectors is the potential harm to wildlife in the area.

Meanwhile, the town council is still opposed to an application for the erection of four apartments on land west of Low Ford Cottage.

Applicants Mr and Mrs Stephenson have made changes to the scheme’s layout and access location, but the authority does not believe that they are sufficient to alter its position. Its concerns include the additional traffic that would access a ‘busy and dangerous road and bridge’ and the ‘detrimental impact on the green wildlife corridor’.