Plan for swathe of affordable homes lodged

A controversial plan for affordable homes in a north Northumberland village, which has divided opinion in the community, has been formally submitted for approval.

Two Castles Housing Association and Partner Construction has lodged a bid for 25 rentable properties on land west of Harecross Park, Rothbury Road, in Longframlington.

The scheme comprises seven two-bedroom bungalows, 11 two-bedroom properties, six three-bedroom homes and one four-bedroom house.

But the application is not to everyone’s taste.

Last year, when the scheme was first proposed, residents flocked to a public meeting to discuss the plan. Opinion was split.

Some people demanded lower-cost properties in the village. But concerns were raised about the impact on infrastructure, drainage, traffic and the prospect of further development outside the village boundary.

Villager John McCutcheon has described the scheme as a ‘very inappropriate development’ and claims that, since the public meeting, a petition has been signed by more than 175 objectors.

The parish council has not yet discussed the formal application but it is holding an information session for residents on Saturday, from 10am to noon, in the village’s community room.