Consultation begins over housing bids

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Public consultation has started on two schemes for a combined total of around 200 homes in two Northumberland villages.

Fairhurst has been appointed by Grainger plc as the planning and development consultant for the plans, earmarked for Hadston and Widdrington Station and each comprising around 100 properties.

The proposed development for Hadston is for land east of the village, between the A1068, Hadston Road and existing residential development.

It would form the third phase of new residential development to the south and east of Hadston, comprising a mixture of two, three and four-bedroom homes.

At Monday night’s East Chevington Parish Council meeting, Coun Scott Dickinson raised some concerns about the proposal. He was critical about the size of the properties, suggesting more smaller homes were needed.

He said: “I don’t want another development that takes a long time to fulfil or sell on because the type of houses that are built are not needed. We need something that is suitable and meets the needs of the community.”

The proposed development at Widdrington Station is earmarked for land between residential properties fronting the B1337 Grangemoor Road, Grange Road and greenfield land to the west and south.

An outline planning application for each scheme is to be submitted before the New Year.

To view the plans, visit www.fairhurst.co.uk and then click on the Projects tab, followed by the Public Consultation section. Written responses can be sent to Fairhurst by emailing emma.hepplewhite@fairhurst.co.uk or call 0191 221 0505.