New homes bid decision date pushed back

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A decision on plans for more than 100 new homes in a Northumberland village has been delayed.

The county council was initially looking to determine the outline bid by Grainger plc for a site in Widdrington Station at a planning committee meeting before the end of this month.

But the authority has informed the applicant that the target date has been pushed back a month because ‘further documentation is still awaited from yourselves that will need to be the subject of further discussion with consultees in due course’.

The company is proposing to build 121 homes, with associated infrastructure and areas of public open space, on greenfield land west of Grange Road and south of Grangemoor Road.

It would include two, three and four bedroom properties and the buildings would be terraced, semi-detached, detached and bungalows.

More than a dozen objections have been submitted and Grangemoor resident Steven Anderson’s response includes the following.

‘The small quantity of amenities on offer in this village is already greatly overtaxed by the existing residents and if this proposal goes ahead, this will only exacerbate the issue further.

‘For example, the school facility is overcrowded, timely appointments at the health centre are even now next to impossible to obtain and the dentist only works in Widdrington two days a week.

‘Most of the roads in and surrounding the village are in poor quality, which will be even greater deteriorated by the heavy transport vehicles used for this project as well as the additional transport used by the expected future residents.’

He added that the village has ample brownfield land to use for residential development if required.

The planning statement on behalf of Grainger plc said: ‘The development would contribute in a significant way to local housing need.

‘A Co-op store, hot food takeaway, hairdressers, doctors surgery and Grange View First School are all within 300m of the proposed development site.’