Concerns over access and safety still loom large

Land behind High Fair and Bromney Road in Wooler.
Land behind High Fair and Bromney Road in Wooler.

Plans for 36 new homes in Wooler, which have been on the table since 2013, continue to raise fears with councillors over the route into the site.

The proposals for the affordable properties on land behind High Fair and Broomey Road, accessed from Common Road, were discussed again at the May meeting of Wooler Parish Council as an amendment had been made to the plans.

This change related to the layout of the access to the site, which would be located just past the entrance to High Fair.

However, this does not tackle what the parish council has said is the key issue with the proposals – the fact that the only route into the site is via Ramsey’s Lane and Common Road.

The concerns are that extra traffic when it’s built and HGV traffic during construction could cause major issues on the narrow road.

Coun Alfreda Hindmarsh said that a lorry had stopped on the road recently, blocking the whole route for around 45 minutes. In an emergency, there is no way an ambulance or fire engine could get through if the road was blocked with other traffic.

The parish council agreed to resubmit its previous objections to the plans.

Wooler Parish Council has decided to go ahead with the creation of a neighbourhood plan for the area. The next step is a meeting with David English, from the county council’s planning department, to talk about the initial steps and registration.

Neighbourhood plans, brought in under the Government’s Localism Act, are the local level of the new system. If accepted, they form part of development control along with the county council’s core strategy and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).