Dismay as changes look set for approval

UNPOPULAR changes to a Morpeth housing scheme are set to be approved next week.

Furious residents of The Kylins have complained at moves by Persimmon Homes to amend a previously accepted scheme for housing development at the former Castle Morpeth Council headquarters site.

The applicant wishes to ‘flip’ some of the plots so that houses will face on to the existing main Kylins distributer road, with parking facilities re-organised so that there are three less on-street bays, but 11 extra off-street.

Northumberland County Council has received 22 letters of objection to the plans, as well as opposition from the Kylins Residents’ Association, Morpeth Town Council and county councillor Andrew Tebbutt over fears the changes will lead to more traffic on the road, a loss of privacy and safety issues for a nearby children’s play area.

Another application for the same area proposes substituting split level house types for two storey and adding an extra dwelling.

There are 23 letters of opposition to these plans, as well as two petitions of 45 and 47 signatures, and the residents’ group, town council and Coun Tebbutt have again objected.

The concerns focus on the higher density of homes, parking congestion, loss of view, light and privacy for existing residents and the design being out of keeping with the area.

For both applications residents argue that the proposals differ from the development brief that was drawn up with their involvement when the original plans were approved by Castle Morpeth Council in 2005.

However, planning officers have concluded that the applications will have no adverse impact on existing properties, the street scene or residential amenity, and are recommending they are approved by the North Area Planning Committee at a meeting in Alnwick on Wednesday.