Concerns over plans for 57 new homes in Rothbury

Cllr Steven Bridgett at the proposed housing opposite the middle school in Rothbury.

Cllr Steven Bridgett at the proposed housing opposite the middle school in Rothbury.

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A prominent councillor has raised concerns over plans to build 57 homes, including 17 affordable properties, in Rothbury.

Northumberland Estates has submitted the application to Northumberland County Council for houses on land either side of Garleigh Road.

The site is split into two development areas. The first, for 40 private homes, is to the south of existing properties at Lordenshaw Drive.

The second, for the affordable houses, is to the south of Dr Thomlinson Church of England Middle School.

A design and access statement submitted with the plans states that the scheme will lead to the construction of a high-quality and inherently sustainable neighbourhood of 57 houses.

However, Coun Steven Bridgett, ward member for Rothbury, has a number of issues with the scheme.

He claims that a multi-million-pound upgrade to the sewerage and water works in Rothbury is needed before the scheme can proceed.

He also believes it is over-development, adding that 120 new homes have already been approved for Rothbury and Thropton this year alone.

Coun Bridgett told the Gazette that he was not in favour of splitting the affordable and private housing sites.

A number of resident objections have been lodged. One protestor says there will not be the demand for the housing.