Councillors unveil vision for village

PEGSWOOD residents are being urged to have their say about a new long-term vision for the village.

A range of ideas for changes and future development within the next 15 to 20 years have been put forward by the parish council in its response to Northumberland County Council’s core strategy, including the transformation of the ‘village heart’ into a retail and community hub.

Key to the blueprint is adding new housing and the authority says much of it could be provided to the north of the existing settlement, including a road link from Longhirst Road that would go behind the school playing fields.

It proposes moving businesses currently at the Pegswood Industrial Estate to land lying between the railway line and the bypass, with some of the vacated space being earmarked for housing.

This venue could also house the Cookswell Garage and its current site could become sheltered housing because it is near the village centre and the health centre.

Pegswood Parish Council Chairman Peter Stonell said: “The building of the Morpeth Northern Bypass gives us an opportunity to develop our sustainability and grow our housing and retail provision.

“We’ve taken a strong role in the Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan process because it’s important to link our aspirations to what will happen in the town centre, but we’ve made it clear our village must keep its own identity and that’s why it’s vital to maintain the green corridor between ourselves and Morpeth.

“We will need to have discussions with many landowners and stakeholders, but we also want local residents to give us their responses to these ideas and put forward their own views about the village’s future.”

Another item on the wishlist is that Pegswood First School should be moved into the Morpeth partnership.

Its core strategy response in full is available at the council offices off Front Street – telephone 01670 514299.