Scheme amended following objection from ecologists

The proposed site of 500 new homes in Amble.
Picture by Jane Coltman
The proposed site of 500 new homes in Amble. Picture by Jane Coltman

Plans for a major development of up to 500 homes in Amble have been amended to include more open space and better dog-walking routes.

Natural England lodged an objection in relation to Hindhaugh Homes’ outline bid for land to the south and south-east of James Calvert Spence College, off Acklington Road, prompting the changes.

The public body’s response said that the original layout had ‘the potential to create issues of recreational disturbance, particularly from people walking with and without dogs, to the species of birds for which the above designated sites have been notified’, adding that the provision of green spaces and walking routes to mitigate these impacts was not sufficient.

The developer’s response explains that the amended scheme includes a six-hectare area of open space as well as a ‘more interconnected dog-walking route around the site’.

A response attempting to address Amble Town Council’s concerns has also been posted onto the county council’s planning portal.

The application (16/04305/OUT) can be viewed at public access.northumberland.gov.uk