Developer appeals decision

HOUSING developer Bellway has submitted an appeal over its plan to build 200 homes.

The formal appeal has been lodged against a decision by Northumberland County Council’s North Area Planning Committee to reject an application to build the properties on greenfield land at South Loansdean, Morpeth.

The plans were fiercely opposed by residents, with 214 letters of objection and a 468-name petition. Morpeth Town Council also objected.

While county planning officers recommended approval, members voted six to two against.

Now Bellway is preparing for the second round of the fight through the appeals process, but opposition remains just as strong.

David Holden, of the South Morpeth Coalition, said: “We have fought this so far at the county and we will again. We were quite ready and expecting there to be an appeal after the decision. We will have to look into the detail of the appeal and then see what happens from there.

“The arguments we had were able to carry the day at the planning meeting so I don’t see why they shouldn’t be seen to be the right thing for Morpeth when it comes to the appeal.”

Objectors have criticised the scheme for taking greenfield land, being outside the settlement boundary, the potential to put extra pressure on schools and health services and constituting over-development.

Bellway says the development would provide 100 affordable homes, while a new roundabout and services would ease traffic concerns.