Site visit quells some of councillors’ fears

Stannington Nurseries site in Stannington Station.
Stannington Nurseries site in Stannington Station.

Councillors have given the green light to an outline bid for up to 27 homes on land in a village to the south of Morpeth.

The application is for the residential element, including 15 per cent affordable homes, of a mixed-use site at the former Stannington Nurseries site on Station Road, Stannington.

At the November meeting of Northumberland County Council’s planning and rights of way committee, members agreed to go on a site visit, due to concerns about development in the green belt.

This area has been put forward as an inset site within the green belt around Morpeth, but at the time, no weight could be given to this.

The fact the site was previously developed may mean housing is acceptable, but only if it has no more of an impact than what was there before and a site visit allowed members to look at this.

At the committee’s meeting this week, Coun Andrew Tebbutt said: “I was originally the one who raised the issue about if this was an appropriate development.

“I remain to be convinced that the site will sustain 27 dwellings, but I’m satisfied it’s a brownfield site and it is larger than I thought.”

Coun John Riddle added: “I would agree it’s brownfield and where it’s situated, in my opinion, it is land that would be likely to be developed.

“Twenty-seven would seem to be quite a lot on that site.

“I know it’s outline and things are reserved, but I would be quite concerned if we ended up with 27 on that site.