Cautious welcome for major homes scheme

A plan showing the site with the proposed new road from Willowburn Avenue coming in from the right and the more controversial link to Weavers Way.

A plan showing the site with the proposed new road from Willowburn Avenue coming in from the right and the more controversial link to Weavers Way.

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More than 100 residents turned out last week to take a closer look at plans for more than 200 homes in Alnwick.

As reported in the Gazette, Northumberland Estates is proposing the housing development at Greensfield, alongside approved plans for Alnwick Sporting Club and a potential site for a new high school.

A typical streetscape of low-density housing to the northern boundary.

A typical streetscape of low-density housing to the northern boundary.

And more information on the scheme was available at a public exhibition last Thursday at Alnwick Cricket Club.

It is now proposed that the development will consist of 234 homes; a mixture of two, three, four and five-bedroom homes, one-bedroom appartments and two-bedroom bungalows.

Of the grand total, it is intended that 70 properties (30 per cent) will be affordable homes for local people.

The Estates claim that this will help to both stimulate economic development in the town and provide affordable homes for young people, larger family housing and accessible homes for the elderly.

Traffic management measures will include the installation of a new roundaboutand road from Willowburn Avenue to access the proposed school, housing and sports facilities, but it is anticipated that the first phase will be accessed from Weavers Way.

And it was this that led to the most concern at last week’s exhibition with residents of Weavers Way and the estates beyond raising concerns about road safety and the use of the road by construction traffic.

The new development would be served by existing bus routes to the town centre and pedestrian footpaths will be promoted through the site to link to existing paths at Greensfield Farm Lane, Aydon View and Weavers Way.

A statement from the Estates said: “The Northumberland Estates are pleased to present further details of this much-needed development to the community.

“We have encouraged residents to share their views and comments will be assessed and, where appropriate, amendments will be made to the proposals where it is considered that the scheme will be improved.”

In terms of the planning process, initial surveys have already been undertaken while comments received from the exhibition will form a statement of community involvement. The Estates expects to submit an outline planning application to the county council in early summer and there will further opportunities for consultation at this time.