Four appeals over homes bids

A Northumberland road which has been the focus of a string of bids for scores of new homes looks set to continue being a battleground.

Thursday, 22nd August 2019, 12:27 pm
Updated Wednesday, 18th September 2019, 14:37 pm
Stannington Station Road. Picture by Jane Coltman.

In the past two months, a total of four appeals have been lodged over refused plans for housing on Stannington Station Road, where concerned residents claim that the settlement has grown by 90 per cent in just three years.

An application for three properties and a new access road on land east of 21 Station Road was submitted in March before being turned down by Northumberland County Council planning officers under delegated authority in May.

Officers also rejected a scheme in March for five dwellings on land north-west of number 75 which had been lodged last October.

Outline proposals for five homes on land north-east of 63 Station Road submitted in January went before the Castle Morpeth Local Area Council in April, where they were unanimously refused, in line with the officer recommendation.

At that meeting, plans for a detached, four-bedroom house on land west of number 65 were also thrown out, although this one is not subject to an appeal at this time.

Finally, there has also been an appeal for non-determination – not dealing with the application quickly enough – over an outline bid for nine homes on land north-east of 51 Station Road.

Meanwhile, a bid has been submitted to change a previously approved scheme along the stretch, for four homes on land south of number 33, which was given the go-ahead in

The new application seeks simply to replace the agreed two-storey properties with bungalows.

A design and access statement explains: ‘Having carried out further market research, the applicant (Hindhaugh Homes) now feels bungalows would be more appropriate for the area.’

This document adds that it will ‘provide high-quality, three-bedroom, single-level housing suitable for a wide range of users from families to those who are retired.

‘Each property will have a garage, allocated parking, and private amenity space to the rear.’