Estates’ bid for mix of homes on the agenda

Planning application at Rock
Planning application at Rock

A scheme for 15 new homes in a north Northumberland village looks set to get the go-ahead tonight despite opposition from the parish council.

The development, by The Northumberland Estates, is for land to the east of North Farm, on the northern outskirts of Rennington, on the road to Rock.

If approved by Northumberland County Council’s north area planning committee at its meeting tonight, it would involve the demolition of existing modern agricultural buildings, the conversion of grade II-listed traditional farm buildings to provide two homes and the construction of 13 new properties.

Ten of them would be open-market houses – six three-bedroom homes, two four-bedroom homes plus a four-bedroom and a three-bedroom property in the converted buildings.

The other five would be affordable homes, consisting of two two-bedroom bungalows, two two-bedroom houses and one three-bedroom house.

Concerns raised by Rennington Parish Council include the proposals being detrimental to the village’s character, flooding and sewage, and car parking, but the planning officer has recommended approval.

alterations made

The plans which are going before councillors this evening were submitted to Northumberland County Council in September last year following a reduction in the number of properties proposed from 19 to 15.

Consultation

Earlier in 2014, the Estates carried out consultation with the parish council and residents and amended its proposals to try to meet concerns raised. A planning statement with the application explains that a scheme of less than 15 would not be viable to support the conversion of the listed building.