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Council’s bid to build homes faces objections

Residents and parish councillors celebrate the rejection of the plans at Shilbottle.

Residents and parish councillors celebrate the rejection of the plans at Shilbottle.

The county council’s home-building drive looks set to continue with 20 properties in a north Northumberland village set to get the green light next week.

An application to build 20 affordable homes at Fairfield View in Shilbottle is recommended for approval at Tuesday’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s planning and environment committee.

The proposals also include the demolition of an industrial unit on the site, highway improvements to Ashfield Terrace and on-site drainage.

There will be a mix of housing types with four one-bedroom apartments, four two-bedroom bungalows, eight two-bedroom houses and four three-bedroom houses.

However, the plans have sparked objections from Shilbottle Parish Council as well as from 38 residents.

Concerns cited included highway impact, impact on ecology, flooding and drainage issues and pedestrian access to other parts of the village.

However, the planning officer’s report concludes that it ‘would result in an acceptable and sustainable form of development in this sustainable village centre that would make a positive contribution to supporting the existing community, services and facilities’.

 

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