Controversial Northumberland housing scheme given approval

The site of proposed housing at the north end of Longframlington.'Picture by Jane Coltman
The site of proposed housing at the north end of Longframlington.'Picture by Jane Coltman
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A contentious housing bid which sparked numerous objections has been approved by a unanimous decision.

The application for outline planning permission to build 10 detached homes on land to the east of Longframlington Cemetary, North Road, went before Northumberland County Council’s planning and performance committee on December 22.

The scheme prompted objections from Longframlington Parish Council, who were against it on various grounds, including highways concerns.

One issue was that the turn-off from the A697 into North Road lacks visibility.

The parish council also said that there is no need for more homes in the village.

Eleven residents spoke out against the application, with grievances such as loss of amenity, including overlooking, and impact on wildlife.

Despite the objections, members of the committee voted in favour of the scheme, but with conditions, including that a minimum separation distance between the homes be imposed. A member of the highways team also told the meeting that improvements will be put in place ‘which will go someway to alleviate concerns raised about safety on North Road’.

Coun Trevor Thorne, ward member for Shilbottle, called for the application to go to committee due to highways concerns.

A the planning meeting, he said: “I have two big worries. One is on highways and the dangerous junction here. There is a real problem to try to get the traffic to slow down, but if highways come up with a package that we are happy with, then that will help a lot. I don’t want an open game with this development, so if we can get a good separation distance between the houses, then that would go a long way to helping.”