Estates defends home bid

Anne Puddephatt and Fiona Burns with other Warkworth residents who are protesting against the planning development off Morwick Road.
Anne Puddephatt and Fiona Burns with other Warkworth residents who are protesting against the planning development off Morwick Road.
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The company behind controversial plans to build 71 homes in Warkworth has defended its proposals, claiming the houses will make a positive cultural contribution and boost the local economy.

Last week, we reported how objectors to Northumberland Estates’ schemes in the village protested during a site visit by the county council’s north area planning committee.

The plans consist of two linked sites. The first is for 44 private properties on land south of Morwick Road. A financial contribution from this would be made to assist the delivery of 27 affordable homes on land south of New Barns Court. Both have received objections, but the private homes bid is more controversial. Concerns include the village being unable to sustain further development and that the private homes will be bought for holiday homes.

But an Estates spokesman said: “The Warkworth Housing Needs Survey (2008) concluded that, to 2013, there is a need for 42 affordable homes in the community and since 2008 no affordable homes have planning permission in the parish. There has been an under supply of private houses in villages like Warkworth.

“Warkworth is a sustainable village. To ensure the parish remains viable for future generations, the development of new housing is crucial to the rural economy and village vitality. This will make a positive cultural contribution to the village, allow local people to live in high quality and affordable homes in their community and deliver a significant and sustainable boost to the local economy.”