Revised housing scheme is granted with local support

A SCHEME in Stannington Station which will see new homes built on a former industrial site has been given the go-ahead.

Outline plans for seven homes on land east of Station Road were approved unanimously by members of Northumberland County Council’s North Area Planning Committee at their March meeting.

Another plan for the same site, but with double the number of houses, was thrown out by the committee in November last year.

Applicant Mr L Welch had applied to redevelop the site to the south of Stannington Station Road to provide up to 15 residential properties.

But members refused the application, in keeping with the planning officer’s recommendation, as it would “represent unnecessary and unjustified development in the open countryside”.

This time, the planning officer said that this was still ‘the starting point’ for the application, but that the council is not currently able to demonstrate a deliverable five-year supply of housing land for the area and the proposed development would make a contribution to addressing this shortfall.

The site is previously developed and was considered a sustainable location, while two affordable homes would be included.

Stannington Parish Council objected to the previous scheme, but Chairman Karen Carins expressed concerns that Stannington Station Road had been designated an unsustainable settlement.

She said that the parish council supported the new application as it is bringing an industrial site back into use.

Stannington Station Residents’ Association also supported the scheme, saying a residential development is the preferred option.