Approval sought for more homes next to under-construction bungalows

Plans have been lodged for more new homes on a Northumberland road which has been the subject of many recent applications.

Wednesday, 12th December 2018, 11:15 am
Updated Wednesday, 12th December 2018, 11:20 am
The site where six bungalows were refused, with the new application seeking homes for the site to the other side of the under-construction bungalows. Picture from Google

An application for six detached houses on land between 26 and 30 Stannington Station Road has been submitted to Northumberland County Council.

It is proposed to build four two-storey dwellings, one bungalow and one one-and-a-half-storey property on what has been described as an in-fill site.

The homes would all be set back from Stannington Station Road behind a hedge and landscaping, and accessed via a private drive from the street.

A planning statement says that ‘bungalow properties are proposed at the western end of the infill site to relate to the existing bungalows to the west’.

This refers to the neighbouring site where eight bungalows, known as Furrow Grove, have been built and a further six are under construction in phase two.

However, a recent bid for six more detached bungalows on land to the rear of 26 Station Road, the other side of Furrow Grove, was narrowly refused by the Castle Morpeth Local Area Council.

Northumberland County Council planning officers had recommended refusal of the scheme as ‘inappropriate development’ in the green belt.

Questioned about why it was different to the adjacent site, the council’s planning manager, Liz Sinnamon, explained that this was a previously developed (brownfield) site, which was why it was granted permission.

The planning statement for the latest application accepts that the site is in the green belt, but argues it is acceptable development as it represents ‘limited infilling in villages’, which is an exception in the Government’s planning rule book – the NPPF.

It adds that the proposals are similar in this way to the four new homes on land south of 33 Station Road, which were approved in August.

The document concludes: ‘The proposal would introduce six bespoke dwellings that are characteristic of the area, as an infill development adjacent to and substantially surrounded by existing dwellings.’

However, the application has so far sparked three objections from neighbours.

Ben O'Connell, Local Democracy Reporting Service