Council decides not to progress with homes bid

Children living in Chapel Lands, Alnwick, who were against the proposals to build affordable housing.
Children living in Chapel Lands, Alnwick, who were against the proposals to build affordable housing.

Residents have expressed their pleasure after it was revealed that proposals for 18 affordable homes in Alnwick have been halted.

In March, we reported that residents living in the west of the town had received letters regarding a potential new development on land to the west of Chapel Lands.

Northumberland County Council, as part of its commitment to provide affordable housing, was ‘investigating the possibility of building up to 18 new affordable homes’.

But neighbouring residents raised a number of concerns, claiming it ‘would have a serious impact for us all in terms of residential amenity’.

One of the main issues was the current use of the site, which was apparently set aside by Alnwick District Council for this purpose, as a field for children to play, people to walk their dogs and other recreational uses. This area is used not just by residents of Chapel Lands, but Barresdale as well.

Residents also cited other worries such as extra traffic in the cul-de-sac and flooding and drainage fears. There are existing problems within Chapel Lands with surface-water flooding.

This week, a Northumberland County Council spokesman said: “Following a recent public consultation event concerning the proposed development of an affordable-housing scheme at Chapel Lands in Alnwick, the council has reviewed its position and has taken the decision not to proceed with the site at this point in time.

“The council is currently exploring a number of alternative sites in Alnwick and the surrounding area for the delivery of affordable housing.”

The county council has a target of 1,000 new affordable homes by 2017.