First public event for new building project

The former Greystoke Surgery site in Kings Avenue.
The former Greystoke Surgery site in Kings Avenue.

A company’s vision for a building in Morpeth that used to be a GP surgery has been unveiled.

Countylife Homes Ltd’s initial ideas for the redevelopment of the former Greystoke site in Kings Avenue were on display on an afternoon in Morpeth Methodist Church last week.

Members of the public could find out more about the proposal to demolish the existing building and create a new build that would contain six high-quality flats. Representatives from the business and MWE Architects were present to answer questions.

More than 40 people attended and they were invited to write their comments before they left.

Countylife Homes is resp-onsible for small developments in various Northumberland locations, such as Alnwick, Bamburgh and Corbridge.

Chairman and director John Swanson said: “We’re very pleased with the turnout and we will take all the comments on board as we wanted to engage with the community in advance of making a planning application.

“What we’re proposing to do is replace the building with what we think are very well designed contemporary high specification apartments.

“We will protect the existing street scene by keeping the surrounding trees and hedges in place, subject to the results of a tree survey.

“The exact layout and look of the apartments has yet to be decided, but we know that they will be at the luxury end of the spectrum.”

He added that he will discuss the vision with members of Morpeth Town Council’s Planning and Transport Committee later this month.

One of the residents who went along to find out more, John Best, has mixed views about the proposal.

He said: “Looking at the initial images, the apartments are very well designed, but whether the new building fits in with this location is another matter.

“The area is full of traditionally designed properties and so the flats may stick out like a sore thumb.

“The fact that they will be high-end apartments means the company won’t be looking to squeeze as many as possible into the building. As for the height, it doesn’t seem to be too much higher than the homes surrounding it, but you can’t fully tell until it is built.”

The site was put up for sale when Greystoke Surgery moved into the Morpeth NHS Centre at The Mount in 2013.