A community is celebrating after a controversial application for a new housing development on the edge of Morpeth was refused.
More than 230 letters of objection were submitted in relation to the outline bid 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 included 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.
The site is made up of two adjacent fields – providing a total area of 5.1 hectares. It is bordered by ancient woodland to the northern and western sides and opens onto High House Road in the Kirkhill area of Morpeth.
The applicants claimed 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.
However, planners at County Hall said the proposals ‘would represent non-essential and unjustified development in the open countryside outside of the defined settlement boundary limits for Morpeth’.
The other reason for refusal was that the properties would be located within the green belt and no special circumstances for development had been demonstrated.
The site is in the Longhorsley ward of county councillor Glen Sanderson, who welcomed the refusal.
He said: “I’m very pleased with this outcome for the sake of the residents in this area.
“No-one wants unwelcome development and I’m delighted that the planners have come to the same conclusions as the objectors.
“Hopefully, this application will now go away for good.”