Plans lodged for 60 new homes in Northumberland village

The site of the proposed development to the north of Station Road in Longhoughton.
The site of the proposed development to the north of Station Road in Longhoughton.

An outline application for up to 60 new homes in a north Northumberland village has been submitted to the county council.

In July this year, the Gazette reported that a public exhibition was held in Longhoughton to launch plans for a new housing development.

More than 100 residents attended the event, held by Northumberland Estates, to find out more about the proposals for land to the north of Station Road and to the west of the church of St Peter and St Paul.

An outline application has now been submitted to Northumberland County Council, which, if approved, would be followed by a full application to determine details of design and layout.

The access to the site is dealt with in this application and would be from Station Road. It is also proposed that the 30mph limit is extended further west.

The development would provide 12 affordable homes on site (20 per cent) as well as a communted sum to provide a further eight affordable 
houses off-site.

A report submitted with the application concludes that ‘the proposed development will support the use of the village’s local services’.

Differing views in the village?

Northumberland Estates – Following the public exhibition, Guy Munden said: “The majority of those attending were extremely supportive of the scheme, recognising the benefits that new homes and affordable housing would bring in maintaining the vitality of the village and investing in its future.”

‘A proposal too far’ – But resident Joan Ford said: “We have had three estates built in the village within the last ten years. Just what would attract new buyers anyway? We don’t even have a pub anymore. Just who would benefit from this developement?”