Round two in fight to stop new housing estate

RESIDENTS face a fresh battle against plans for more than a dozen executive homes in a hamlet near Ponteland.

A proposal for up to 14 properties at Medburn by two businessmen has been resubmitted to Northumberland County Council. The original application was rejected on a 6-2 majority vote last September by its west area planning committee.

Those who objected, including Ponteland Town Council, said the construction of the dwellings on agricultural land would constitute new housing on greenfield land in a part of Medburn where only infill development on brownfield sites is permitted.

Other concerns included the homes not being sustainable because the hamlet does not have any services or community facilities, there are poor paths for pedestrians and there is a very limited bus service, as well as a ‘detrimental impact’ on the area’s rural character.

The new outline application for the site, located in a field east of The Nursery, follows the decision by planning inspector Chris Checkley to overturn a decision by the planning committee to refuse permission for five homes in another part of Medburn.

He said Croft Estates’ plans would be beneficial because the properties would replace deteriorating vacant farm buildings at the former Prospect Farm.

Ponteland Town Council’s planning committee chairman David Butler said: “The application is almost identical to the previous one and we have reiterated our objections.

“We also pointed out one of Mr Checkley’s comments in his appeal decision, which said the approval should not be seen as a precedent for future development in the Medburn area.”