Tackling area’s housing needs

Plans have been submitted for almost 100 new properties in a north Northumberland village, which was hit by the closure of a sheltered housing complex last year.

The outline application, lodged with Northumberland County Council, is for 42 bungalows, nine houses, approximately 30 over-50s apartments and 12 self-catering holiday lodges on land north of Weetwood Road in Wooler.

The site layout would see the homes and bungalows along the west side, with the holiday lodges spread out in woodland to the east.

Five of the houses would be two-storey with double garages and four would be three-bedroom semis with garages.

The bungalows would be a mix – 16 with two bedrooms and a garage, six with two bedrooms but no garage and 19 one-and-a-half-storey detached bungalows.

An exhibition of the proposed layout and uses was held in the village’s Cheviot Centre in May and around 60 people looked at the plans.

According to documents submitted with the application, almost all those attending had positive comments with the exception of a member of the tennis club, who felt that the organisation wouldn’t want to move to a new facility.

Therefore, this element of the proposal is not included, but could be pursued as a separate initiative.

The conclusion of this report refers to the recent housing needs survey, which identified the need for 253 houses in Glendale over the next five years.

“This site can make a significant contribution to addressing the shortfalls identified by the report and by the council’s own housing specialists,” it says.

“The economic impact of the proposal will be significant. The proposed lodges will contribute directly to the local economy and the housing will have a substantial impact both during the development phase and also when the properties are occupied.”

The level of affordable housing is currently the subject of discussions, but will consist of properties to let at 80 per cent of market rent and homes to buy at 70 per cent of market value.

Talks are ongoing with Four Housing Group, likely to be the registered social landlord, regarding the rental properties.