More detail on housing plans

Peacock Gap overview - Story Homes
Peacock Gap overview - Story Homes

MORE details have emerged about plans to build dozens of new homes on the edge of Morpeth.

The Herald reported last week that developer Story Homes was planning to build around 40 properties on land at Peacock Gap, next to the A192.

An exhibition will take place next week as part of public consultation on the proposal and a leaflet is being distributed to residents living closest to the site. A website has also been created.

The developer states: “The proposal is to deliver approximately 40 high-quality new homes on approximately three hectares of land at Peacock Gap, to the north of Morpeth. The new homes will comprise four and five-bedroomed detached, finely-crafted, traditional houses, offering spacious family living on large plots in a sustainable landscaped setting, complementing the surrounding rural area.”

Story Homes says the draft Northumberland Core Strategy identifies Morpeth as a key place for development and growth, a contribution would be made towards affordable housing off-site and improvements would be made to the existing road network.

Reports on flood risk, landscape, trees, ecology and topography will form part of the plans.

The site is described as of ‘low ecological value’, but it is stated that the trees and hedgerows on site boundaries are valued and that existing landscape features would be protected and strengthened.

The developer says a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) would be used to prevent run-off and avoid increasing downstream flood risk, or affecting the Cotting Burn.

However, Morpeth Town councillor Nic Best, who represents Morpeth North, said there is already some concern about the proposals, particularly as residents in Pottery Bank have recently fought off plans for a single new dwelling in the area.

“I know there is considerable concern about this scheme, and lots from the residents of Pottery Bank, who have just won their battle over a planning application for a building opposite them,” he said.

“My understanding of the situation on the evidence I have in front of me is that it does go against some of the ideas and vision of the Neighbourhood Plan group, which is saying that one of the real assets of Morpeth is the scenic drive in — you have got open countryside and can’t see any of the town until you get to it. It is not built up right to the road junction.

“This development looks to be going against that.”

A consultation exhibition will be held at Morpeth Rugby Club in Mitford Road on Tuesday, from 4pm to 8pm, when architectural sketches will be on display and the project team will be at hand to discuss the proposals.

Feedback is also invited online until Wednesday, August 7, at www.morpethconsulta

Comments will be considered when drawing up any future planning application.