Applicants told to withdraw housing scheme

Residents in Amble, including (centre) Martin Horn, who are unhappy  with the proposed Gloster Hill development.
Residents in Amble, including (centre) Martin Horn, who are unhappy with the proposed Gloster Hill development.

The future of a controversial housing scheme hangs in the balance after the applicant has been encouraged to withdraw the bid.

Clark Homes Ltd and Mr I Forsyth are behind the application for 44 homes, including 10 affordable, at Gloster Hill, Amble.

The plan has raised a number of objections, including from a host of residents, on grounds such as flooding, access and wildlife.

And last week, Northumberland County Council stated that in its current form, the application has a number of problems.

An email from planning officer Caroline Jones, which was sent to the Gazette from objector Martin Horn, said: “We have spoken with the agents that we have taken the decision that we cannot approve the current scheme and have given the applicants the opportunity to withdraw the application if they wish.

“There are still outstanding issues on ecology and surface water which may or may not be additional refusal reasons, but we feel that the current layout in the southern part of the site is unacceptable and has a detrimental impact on existing properties.

“We are not refusing it on principle as current planning policy would make it very difficult to do so. I would therefore expect a revised scheme to be resubmitted following either the withdrawal or refusal of this application.

“This means the application will not be going to committee.”

While the site is listed as Amble, it officially falls into the parish of Warkworth.