Councillor seeks site visit over new housing proposal

Coun Glen Sanderson.
Coun Glen Sanderson.

A formal site visit has been requested for a controversial housing application on the edge of Morpeth.

A plethora of objection letters have been submitted in relation to the outline application by Country Homes and Estates (Northern) Ltd and Sadler Developments Ltd for 39 self-build properties, including 11 affordable dwellings, on land west of High House.

Concerns over the bid include the belief that it would make the fairly narrow road more dangerous, have a detrimental impact for people living nearby and result in the loss of a valuable green space.

It is in Glen Sanderson’s Northumberland County Council Longhorsley ward and he has written to the case officer and the chairman of the authority’s Strategic Planning Committee.

He told the Herald: “Over the past few months, I have received a significant number of concerns about this proposal from worried residents.

“I feel it would be helpful for committee members to look for themselves at the countryside concerned in which this application is planned.

“I have been assured that my request will be considered when the report and recommendations are further progressed.”

Almost 200 letters of objection have been received by the county council and the proposal is due to be heard by the committee in February or March.

Coun Sanderson says he has serious concerns about the application.

He added: “I know that this has been a very unsettling time for local residents and, for their sakes, I hope the sooner this application is heard and resolved the better.”

The applicants claim that they would provide the first site for sustainable and affordable self-build housing in Northumberland and meet a need for affordable properties in Morpeth.