The Two Castles plan at a glance

More than 130 people packed into Longframlington Memorial Hall to discuss plans for affordable housing in the village.

More than 130 people packed into Longframlington Memorial Hall to discuss plans for affordable housing in the village.

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Villagers have thrashed out their differences at a public meeting, over plans to bring a swathe of affordable housing to the community.

Longframlington’s Memorial Hall was standing room only on Tuesday night, as residents turned out to have their say over a 25-home development proposed on Rothbury Road by Two Castles Housing Association.

The meeting was called by John McCutcheon, who says an earlier exhibition on the mix of two and three-bed homes and bungalows failed to address local concerns about impact on infrastructure, drainage, traffic and the prospect of further development outside the village boundary.

One opponent has already branded the plan ‘Longcramlington’, in reference to the urban south east of the county.

But opinion at the meeting was firmly divided, with some younger residents demanding action on what they said was a dire lack of low-cost accommodation now threatening to drive them out of the village.

Young businessman Alistair Charlton, who has lived in the community all his life, said: “If this housing does not go ahead, I will not be able to afford to stay in Longframlington. The village will only be for people who can afford to buy their way in.”

But Brian Slessor, of Cheviot Lodge, said: “There are more suitable infill sites than this one. Why not fill the gaps before you extend the village?”

No application has yet been submitted by Two Castles.