DEVELOPMENT: Destructive implications

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The last planning application for Mariner’s View, Gloster Hill, Amble, was not supported by Northumberland County Council. There were major sewerage and water run-off problems and the council concluded that the development would have an adverse effect on local properties.

The new application slightly reduces the number and location of houses, but reduces the ‘affordable’ element of the plan.

However, in December, there were two flooding and sewerage pollution incidents at the bottom of Gloster Hill. Northumbrian Water believes there was a once-in-a-21-year chance of flooding happening here, and furthermore, any improvements to the system would not be ‘cost effective’.

So we face the problem of wading through, or driving through, toxic sewerage, even before 48 new houses would add to the problem.

In addition, the developers have told us that construction of the new site could take up to three years. This will mean heavy construction traffic would access the farmyard site up a narrow, dangerous road, with a 90 per cent bend.

Construction traffic would also access the site through a small residential estate with narrow roads and poor visibility, causing serious safety and pollution issues for local residents.

We contend that this development has the most destructive implications of any development in the area, and we will continue to oppose it.

John Bird,

Mariner’s View,

Amble.