Major housing schemes in two villages at committee

Plans for around 90 homes in Hadston.
Plans for around 90 homes in Hadston.

A housing developer’s bids for more than 200 homes in two Northumberland villages look set to get the green light next week.

Grainger plc’s outline schemes for Hadston and Widdrington Station are both recommended for approval at next week’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s strategic planning committee.

The Hadston scheme, described as Park View phase three, is for up to 90 homes on land close to the A1068, opposite Druridge Bay Country Park, with access from Ladyburn Way.

A previous planning permission was granted in 2009 for 86 homes on the site, but this has since expired.

As well as affordable homes (see below), the developer will have to provide a pedestrian crossing and improvements to dog-walking routes and facilities in Druridge Bay Country Park through a section 106 legal agreement.

As previously reported by the Gazette, East Chevington Parish Council does not object to the application in principle, but said that Hadston needs more one and two-bedroom properties, as well as bungalows, while the scheme should contain more than 15 per cent affordable housing element and a children’s play area.

At Widdrington Station, the company is proposing to build 121 homes on greenfield land west of Grange Road and south of Grangemoor Road.

It would include two, three and four-bedroom properties and the buildings would be a mixture of terraced, semi-detached, detached and bungalows.

Grainger will be obliged to provide a 20-space overspill car park adjacent to the site entrance, to be transferred to the parish council, and a contribution of £70,000 for an extension to the village community centre as well as land for this.

How many would be affordable?

Hadston – Six two-bedroom bungalows for affordable rent on site and a contribution towards the provision of four off-site discount market value (DMV) homes.

Widdrington Station – Eight two-bedroom bungalows and four one -bedroom apartments for affordable rent as well as a contribution towards the provision of six off-site DMV homes.