Major homes plan is given final approval

Amble land to the west of the  A 1068 besides Marks Bridge.
Amble land to the west of the A 1068 besides Marks Bridge.

A major scheme to build 250 homes in Amble is all set to go ahead after the final details of the application were approved by a majority verdict.

Members of Northumberland County Council’s north area planning committee voted 7-1 in favour of a reserved-matters bid for land south of Marks Bridge and west of the A1068.

The application, which was recommended for approval, dealt with issues such as layout, scale, appearance, access and landscaping, after the principle for development was agreed last summer.

However, there were concerns from a number of residents on aspects such as impact on neighbouring properties and loss of light, the new homes not being in keeping with the surrounding area and flooding and sewerage issues.

Members were assured by officers that the separation distance between the houses was acceptable and that any resulting loss of light was not enough to refuse the bid. The application is also subject to conditions, including approval of a surface water drainage scheme.

The developers, Persimmon Homes, will provide 10 affordable properties for social rent on the site as well as a financial contribution of £450,000 to Amble Development Trust to upgrade recreational facilities in the town and provide affordable housing.