Another 47 homes on cards

Artists Impression, Grange Road, Shilbottle.
Artists Impression, Grange Road, Shilbottle.
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Planners have recommended giving the nod to a major new housing development, which has sparked fury in a north Northumberland village.

Controversial proposals by Northumberland Estates for 47 new homes, a doctors’ surgery,

and start-up business units at land south of Grange Road in Shilbottle will go before the county council’s north area planning committee next Thursday.

And the council’s planning team recommends approval of the scheme despite 29 objections and two petitions – one of 133 names and another with 250 names, collected by the parish council, which strongly opposes the scheme.

One of the main concerns is the ability of the village to accommodate additional development, particularly as this scheme follows on the back of relatively recent developments at Farriers Rise (60 homes) and Tyelaw Meadows/Tyelaw Court/Percy Road (122 properties).

In May last year, the Gazette reported that around 50 villagers had attended a public meeting on the plans – and all voted against the scheme.

Criticisms and concerns raised included the scheme being contrary to the village plan, which says there should be no more development in Shilbottle, whether doctors will actually come to the surgery in Shilbottle, as previous attempts have been unsuccessful, criticism of the design/appearance and traffic fears.

However, the planning officer’s report concludes that the plans are ‘considered to result in an acceptable and sustainable form of development in a suitable location that would deliver an appropriate mix of new housing with benefits to the community in respect of affordable housing provision and the potential provision of doctors’ surgery and business units’.

The recommendation is for approval, subject to a section 106 agreement to secure the provision of affordable housing, highway works, contributions to open-space maintenance and off-site sport and recreation facilities.