Affordable housing needed as part of scheme in Northumberland village

The Nordstrom House, North Broomhill site

The Nordstrom House, North Broomhill site

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Parish councillors have stressed the need for affordable housing to be included in a proposed housing development and raised concerns about access.

A bid to demolish factory buildings and build 18 houses at Nordstrom House, North Broomhill, has been submitted to Northumberland County Council.

The application, lodged by applicant Jane Nolan, is outline with all matters reserved, so final design and access proposals are yet to be investigated by a future developer.

Coun Rev Sue Reilly said: “We would still like to see a proportion of social housing in this development.”

Coun Ann Elliott added: “The entrance is quite narrow and they have to make sure that they can get things like fire engines in and out.”

Outline planning permission for the development of 18 residential dwellings on the site has previously been granted, but lapsed.

A planning statement, prepared by Argyle Planning Consultancy Ltd, reads: ‘A S106 agreement has previously been signed in respect of the 
development to deliver affordable housing and a community contribution and the owners stand by the obligations therein’.