Objectors stand up to Estates’ ‘excessive’ housing proposals

Warkworth residents against housing development in Watershaugh Road.
Warkworth residents against housing development in Watershaugh Road.

Determined villagers are redrawing battle lines to fight another swathe of housing bids by Northumberland Estates.

But objectors in Warkworth who last year opposed the company’s plans for 37 homes at Morwick Road, were dealt a blow on Monday, when the scheme was approved on appeal.

However, protestors have vowed to dust themselves down and go again to stop the Estates’ latest round of bids for nearly 70 homes in the village, which they describe as ‘excessive’ and ‘over-development’.

The company is currently consulting on an outline application for land to the west of Guilden Road, comprising approximately 50 homes, incorporating 30 per cent affordable housing on-site.

The Estates say that the scheme, to be submitted to the county council shortly, will provide a mixture of one to four-bedroom houses ‘to meet local needs’.

The Estates has also lodged an outline application for approximately 11 ‘medium-sized’ homes on Watershaugh Road, and six ‘large-sized’ properties on Hermitage Drive.

The new builds would replicate the existing sizes of homes in each area and the developments would provide off-site financial contributions to meet the affordable-housing need identified in the Alnwick Core Strategy.

But Anne Puddephatt said that people are concerned about the ‘recent flood of proposals’ for the village, while Kelly Handyside added that Warkworth does not need the amount of housing planned.

Objectors are urging residents to go to a village meeting on October 29, at the Parish Rooms, Dial Place, from 7pm.