PLANNING COMMITTEE: Visits suggested before decisions on 140 homes

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.
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Councillors will take a closer look at the sites of nearly 140 proposed new homes in three Northumberland villages ahead of any decisions.

At tonight’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s north area planning committee, members are recommended to go on site visits to three distinct locations in Warkworth, one in Swarland and another in Rothbury.

This will precede the proposals being discussed at a future committee meeting for a decision on these mainly controversial schemes.

In Warkworth, the Northumberland Estates wants to build around six homes on land north of Hermitage Drive, around nine on land west of Watershaugh Road and around 50 in a development at Guilden Road.

The Estates is also behind a bid for 57 homes in Rothbury, 17 of which would be affordable, on a site south of Lordenshaw Drive and Silverton Lane, off Garleigh Road.

Plans for 20 three, four and five-bedroom properties on land north of Lemington Lane, Swarland, are also recommended for a site visit.