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Village divided over plans for new housing

Embleton housing consultation at the Creighton Hall.
Alan Hallett, David Abercrombie from Fairhurst and Craig Porter discuss the plans.

Embleton housing consultation at the Creighton Hall. Alan Hallett, David Abercrombie from Fairhurst and Craig Porter discuss the plans.

Plans for new housing in a north Northumberland village, which were unveiled last week, have divided residents’ opinion.

A scheme for around 36 homes, including some affordable dwellings, has been drawn up by Fallodon Estates for land north of Woodstead, Embleton.

Meanwhile, Northumberland County Council is consulting on plans for approximately 14 affordable homes on part of the village’s former quarry site.

Both went on show at a consultation event at Embleton’s Creighton Hall last week – and it was the Estates’ bid which seemed to be the biggest talking point.

Objectors have criticised it for a number of reasons. They believe that the three and four-bedroom detached homes proposed for the open market are beyond the reach of local families.

They fear it will lead to more holiday/second homes, destroy the character of Woodstead and also question the need for more private homes in the village, which, according to some, has a host of properties on the market.

Anthony McGrady said: “It has virtually no local benefit at all. The only demand in Embleton is for affordable, rented properties. The plans for the quarry, which is an eyesore, are fine.”

But others are in favour.

Teresa Cairns said: “I am in support of both schemes. I think the village needs it. I don’t think they will do any harm.”

 

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