Contentious bid for affordable homes agreed

The site of proposed housing in Longframlington.
The site of proposed housing in Longframlington.

A controversial plan to build 25 affordable homes in Longframlington has been approved, despite mass objection.

The scheme was given the nod on a majority verdict at last Thursday’s North area planning committee meeting, with some members saying it would allow young people and families to stay or move back to the area.

However, members have stressed the need for Northumbrian Water to tackle problems with surface water and sewerage in the village, which already floods at times of heavy rainfall.

The homes, owned and managed by Two Castles Housing Assocation, will compromise a mix of two, three and four-bedroom properties, all to rent, on land south of Harecross, on Rothbury Road.

The housing enabling officer identified a need for homes and the meeting heard that priority will be given to Longframlington residents, then to those in adjoinging parishes, followed by people in the former Alnwick district and then countywide.

Coun Heather Cairns ‘celebrated’ the number of homes while Coun Dougie Watkin said he hoped every village in the county gets a similar scheme.

However, the bid recieved 93 objections and a petition with 184 signatures. The parish council also voted against.

Objections included fears over drainage and the need for as many affordable homes.