Rothbury homes scheme back before committee

The site of the proposed homes to the south of Hillside West in Rothbury. Picture by Mary Scott
The site of the proposed homes to the south of Hillside West in Rothbury. Picture by Mary Scott

Controversial plans for new homes in Rothbury by the Northumberland Estates look set to get the green light next week.

The developer’s scheme for nine properties on land south of Hillside Road West is back before the county council’s planning committee on Tuesday, where it is recommended for approval.

The application, which has sparked more than 100 objections, went before councillors at last month’s meeting, but it was agreed to defer the decision for a site visit.

That deferral in October was preceded by the ward member for Rothbury, Coun Steven Bridgett, launching an attack on the planning system.

Applicant Guy Munden highlighted that there were no statutory objections, that the site was available and achievable, and that it offered self-build plots – not widely available in Rothbury.