Green light for extra housing in hamlet

More homes are set to be built in a Northumberland hamlet after an outline proposal was approved.

Woodruff & Co’s application for 15 new properties on land north east of Green Rigg in Medburn, near Ponteland, was given the thumbs up at a recent meeting of the county council’s strategic planning committee.

The area already had approvals in place for 37 homes, including 18 on adjacent land (outline permission). The most recent bid proposes to utilise the access granted to the 18 dwellings site.

There were four letters of objection and Ponteland Town Council was against the plans. Concerns include the additional harm to the peace and tranquillity of Medburn, the impact of the road access and ‘unsuitable’ housing types and density and the fear that there would be insufficient capacity for surface water as a result of the new homes.

Karen Ledger, head of planning and housing at Northumberland County Council, said it had been previously considered that Medburn was not a sustainable settlement for new housing, but two appeal decisions within the hamlet both determined that although it has no services of its own, it is not a remote or unsustainable location by virtue of its close proximity and connectivity to Ponteland and its range of services.

Speaking on behalf of Ponteland Town Council during the meeting, Coun Lesley Noble said: “The construction of 15 more dwellings in addition to the approved construction of 37 new dwellings would have an overwhelming and detrimental impact on this small settlement and the C345, which is a narrow country lane and the only access road.

“They would also have a detrimental impact on the agricultural nature and undeveloped character of the site.”

Alastair Woodruff of Woodruff & Co said: “The homes will be in quarter acre plots, so they will not be shoehorned into a small piece of land.”

The properties are all set to be ‘executive style’ dwellings. Coun Richard Dodd said these types of developments should include smaller homes as it will give older family members of those in the large homes the option of living nearby.