250 new homes for Amble

Amble land to the west of the  A 1068 besides Marks Bridge.
Amble land to the west of the A 1068 besides Marks Bridge.

The green light has been given for plans to build 250 new homes at Mark’s Bridge in Amble.

The plans include 10 affordable homes for social-rented purposes as well as a financial contribution of £450,000 to Amble Development Trust to upgrade facilities at the Welfare Ground and to provide more affordable homes in the town.

The proposal was due to be discussed at last month’s Northumberland County Council north area planning committee meeting but was deferred as applicants, Persimmon Homes, wanted to make changes.

In the original application for outline permission, which was approved on appeal a few years ago, there would have been 260 homes with 91 affordable with 80 per cent of them being for sale at 70 per cent of the market value, and a £250,000 contribution to upgrade the Welfare.

However, this has now substantially changed with an additional £200,000 being given to create affordable properties in Amble to make up the shortfall from the original application.

Persimmon will also offer a number of the homes as part of their start-up scheme which means first-time buyers only need to find a five per cent deposit.

A condition was also attached to the outline permission for 20 per cent renewable energy at the site but this has now been removed, with approval by councillors.

Concerns were raised that money would not be given to the Welfare facilities.

But these were allayed by planning officers.

Amble Town councillor Helen Lewis said: “The development will reinvigorate the housing market in Amble.

“We are looking forward to the employment opportunities it will bring.”

She added that it will mean buses are used more, young people will be able to stay in the village and it will help to revive the town.

Coun Scott Dickinson said: “As the local member neighbouring Amble I must welcome this application.

“This area needs to be developed, it needs more housing and jobs could be created.”

He added that the town council should work with the development trust to provide affordable housing and upgrade facilities at the Welfare Ground.

Coun Dougie Watkin added: “This development will mean that there will be houses that will cost less than what people are paying in monthly rents.

“It will be better by a hundred miles. This is excellent for Amble.”

Coun Gordon Castle added: “This is a very important development and I am very happy to see it go ahead.”