Housing plans go on show...

Northumberland Estates proposed housing in Warkworth.
Northumberland Estates proposed housing in Warkworth.

Fears that a north Northumberland village could be left with yet more holiday homes have been raised, amid proposals to build a further 71 properties.

The plans are earmarked for two plots in Warkworth and residents made their thoughts known at a public exhibition on Thursday.

Northumberland Estates proposed housing in Warkworth.

Northumberland Estates proposed housing in Warkworth.

Two Castles Housing Association is working with Esh Group on a plan to build 27 affordable homes to rent, on land south of New Barns Court.

Alongside this, Northumberland Estates is looking to submit a bid for 44 private properties, at land south of Morwick Road.

Both applications are due to be submitted at the same time.

Some residents at the exhibition told the Gazette that there was a demand for affordable homes, but questioned the need for a total of 71 properties and were concerned that Warkworth’s holiday-home population could increase.

Professor John Hobrough said: “What is the need assessment for this number of properties in the village?

“There is the concern that other properties have been built and taken up by holiday homes.”

But he added: “Affordable housing is important, particularly if it brings back young families on a permanent basis.”

Another resident, who didn’t want to be named, said: “We need affordable homes. Hopefully they will go to people who have got a link to Warkworth.”

But she added: “We already have too many holiday homes in Warkworth and I am now worried there could be more.”

Barry Spall, from the Estates, said he was encouraged by the number of residents attending the exhibition. He said that, if approved, the Estates hoped the private and affordable housing would start around the same time and take around two to three years to build.

Rob Brittain, from Two Castles, said that the association would listen to residents’ views and values any feedback.

He added: “There is a need for high-quality affordable housing to rent in Warkworth and the surrounding area.

“We will shortly apply for planning permission.”