Objectors’ renewed vigour in campaign

Objectors to the Northumberland Estates' housing plans for Warkworth. Picture by The Ambler.
Objectors to the Northumberland Estates' housing plans for Warkworth. Picture by The Ambler.

Protestors who are battling a trio of housing bids for their village have vowed to fight the applicant all the way, following a packed public meeting on Saturday.

Residents in Warkworth are currently campaigning against Northumberland Estates’ plans for three separate developments, amounting to nearly 70 properties.

It comes after the Estate’s bid for 37 homes on the village’s Morwick Road was overturned on appeal last year.

The meeting, hosted by campaign group One Voice, Warkworth, was attended by more than 100 residents, as well as prospective parliamentary candidates Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Julie Pörksen and Nigel Coghill-Marshall.

Afterwards, a One Voice, Warkworth, spokeswoman said: “The single topic of the unprecedented level of planning applications submitted by Northumberland Estates engendered numerous questions about the role of communities in the planning process, the absence of a county Core Strategy and the abuse of this planning loop-hole by Northumberland Estates. We were encouraged by the support given to our campaign at the meeting, re-invigorating our determination to fight Northumberland Estates’ planning proposals all the way.

“We would encourage residents to attend the consultation sessions being held in numerous locations across the county on the final draft Core Strategy, and encourage elected county councillors to bring the draft to fruition as a matter of urgency.”

In statements sent after the meeting, Mrs Trevelyan and Ms Pörksen criticised the absence of a Core Strategy and said it was important that residents’ views were taken into account. Mrs Trevelyan urged people to leave comments at www.surveymonkey.com/s/WarkworthHousingPlan

The Estates was invited to attend, but declined.