Village housing bids set for nod despite fears

Iain Elliott, chairman of Longhorsley Parish Council, and county councillor Glen Sanderson at Longhorsley.

Iain Elliott, chairman of Longhorsley Parish Council, and county councillor Glen Sanderson at Longhorsley.

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Two separate housing bids could get the go-ahead this evening, potentially providing 80 new homes in a Northumberland village.

At tonight’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s north area planning committee, two applications for new homes in Longhorsley are recommended for approval by planning officers.

One of the proposals is Partner Investments Ltd’s outline scheme for up to 55 dwellings on land south east of the Shoulder of Mutton pub, South Road.

The other, put forward by Cussins Ltd, is for the erection of 25 homes with associated access, landscaping and parking at a site north of Reivers Gate.

Both schemes have been opposed by a number of residents and Longhorsley Parish Council, due to concerns that as consent is already in place for 13 units, this would result in a 33 per cent growth in residential properties – the village currently has 288 households.

The Partner Investments plans have sparked 36 letters of objection and the Cussins’ bid 24, but in each case, the planning officer states that it is considered that the scheme represents sustainable development and should therefore be approved.

Iain Elliott, chairman of Longhorsley Parish Council, said: “If these two applications are approved, the 80 new homes will be a ridiculous number for a village of our size. It would be unfair for our community to be forced to cope with such an increase.

“We can make representations to reflect the strength of feeling in the community, but we’re not confident about the ability of the county council to refuse these types of applications when there is no five-year housing land supply provision in place.

“We’re not against development in the village, we’re just asking for an appropriate housing number.”

Check back on the Gazette website for the outcome of the application.