Planners need more details on major scheme

A digger at work on the site of the proposed development near King's Field. Picture by Mike Hosken.
A digger at work on the site of the proposed development near King's Field. Picture by Mike Hosken.

Controversial plans for nearly 90 new homes in a north Northumberland village have been delayed – and the public will be reconsulted.

Earlier this year, Northumbria Leisure Ltd submitted an application to the county council for a major homes and services scheme on land at the south of the village off King Street.

But now, despite some activity on the site, including a digger at work, the county council’s planning department has confirmed that it is awaiting some further information from the applicant.

Once this has been received, the application will be republished and it will be open to consultation again.

In March, we reported that residents of the adjacent King’s Field estate, which caused controversy when it was built in 2003/4 due to the number of second homes on the site, have expressed a number of concerns about the proposals.

Malcolm Cresswell, a full-time resident, said: “There’s 64 houses for sale in the village at the moment. There’s ample holiday accommodation and due to the recession bookings are well down.

“Can the infrastructure of Seahouses take another 80 properties?

“We have leisure facilites in the village which have capacity, so do we need another leisure facility?”