Two separate housing bids, potentially providing 80 new homes to a Northumberland village, were withdrawn from the planning meeting that was due to decide whether they should go ahead.
At last night’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s north area planning committee, two applications for new properties in Longhorsley were set to be recommended for approval by planning officers.
But at the beginning of the meeting, Coun Watkin told members they had been ‘withdrawn’ from the agenda.
A planning officer explained to members that ‘they have been withdrawn from this evening’s committee at the request of members for two reasons, one for a site visit to both sites. Secondly for members to receive further information on the road safety review which has recently taken place on the A697.’
One of the proposals is Partner Investments Ltd’s outline scheme for up to 55 dwellings on land south east of the Shoulder of Mutton pub, South Road.
The other, put forward by Cussins Ltd, is for 25 new homes with associated access, landscaping and parking at a site north of Reivers Gate.
Both schemes have been opposed by a number of residents and Longhorsley Parish Council, due to concerns that as consent is already in place for 13 units, this would result in a 33 per cent growth in residential properties – the village currently has 288 households.
The Partner Investments plans have sparked 36 letters of objection and the Cussins’ bid 24, but in each case, the planning officer states that it is considered that the scheme represents sustainable development and should therefore be approved.