Affordable homes plan to be decided by committee

The site of proposed housing in Longframlington.
The site of proposed housing in Longframlington.

Planners have recommended for approval an application to build 25 affordable homes in Longframlington, despite objections from residents.

The plans, if given the green light, will see the homes for rent, owned by Two Castles Housing Association.

It will consist of seven two-bedroom bungalows, eleven two-bedroom houses, six three-bedroom houses and one four-bedroom house all with associated car parking, on land south of Harecross, on Rothbury Road.

The village’s parish council has objected to the plans because it thinks there could be concerns relating to drainage.

The council’s objection states that the current arrangements within the village are inadequate with heavy rainfall causing overflowing drains, with foul content spilled onto the surface in some areas near to the proposed development.

In total, 93 objections have been received from residents along with a petition with 184 signatures.

Concerns raised include the need for affordable housing, location of affordable housing, sustainability, impact on traffic, utilities and services, character and amenity and the environmental impact.

The objections also include the site being close to a major gas pipeline, however the Health and Safety Executive has looked at the plans and has no cause for concern.

There are also fears that, as the plans are set just outside the village boundary, it will set a precedent for more developments. Some have suggested looking at other sites for the homes, however, the planner’s report states that two other locations have been looked at but are not suitable.

The report says: “In respect of both the provision of affordable housing to meet local need and the detail of the proposed development, it is clear that the proposed development will help to sustain the vitality of the village.”

There are also some letters of support, which state there is a need for affordable homes to let young people continue to live in the village.

The plans will be decided at tonight’s meeting of the north area planning committee.