Village farm steading set to be converted into homes

A scheme to replace redundant farm buildings with 15 new homes in a north Northumberland village has been submitted.

The development, by The Northumberland Estates, is for land to the east of North Farm, on the northern outskirts of Rennington, on the road to Rock.

If approved by Northumberland County Council, it would involve the demolition of existing modern agricultural buildings, the conversion of grade II-listed traditional farm buildings to provide two homes and the construction of 13 new properties.

Ten of them would be open-market houses – six three-bedroom homes, two four-bedroom homes plus a four-bedroom and a three-bedroom property in the converted buildings.

The other five would be affordable homes, consisting of two two-bedroom bungalows, two two-bedroom houses and one three-bedroom house.

According to documents submitted with the plans, the farming activity on the site has gradually reduced over the years and is now effectively redundant, while the modern sheds within the site are no longer required.

The Estates contacted Rennington Parish Council earlier this year as part of community consultation and has tried to respond to a number of issues raised.

The original plans were for 19 new homes, but this has been reduced to 15, and the planning statement explains that a scheme of less than 15 would not be viable to support the conversion of the listed building.

The statement concludes: ‘Importantly the development meets an identified and unmet need for affordable housing and provides a significant enhancement to the built environment.’