‘Enough is enough’ – that was the view of villagers, but the developers seem to disagree as another housing scheme is on the cards for Longhorsley.
Last week, the Gazette reported that an outline application for up to five homes on land west of Church View, Badgers Ford, was refused by Northumberland County Council’s planning and rights of way committee, due to it being in the ‘open countryside’.
As with other bids at that meeting, the planning officers explained that more weight can be placed on the emerging core strategy, meaning there is more control on green belt and settlement boundaries.
But now, Enviro Property Partners Ltd has submitted an outline application for around 33 new properties, including some affordable homes, on land west of White Gates, although this was submitted prior to the Badgers Ford refusal.
That application was opposed by a large number of villagers, particularly as it followed the approval of 80 homes in June.
Partner Investments Ltd was given outline approval for up to 55 dwellings on land south-east of the Shoulder of Mutton pub, while Cussins Ltd was given for the erection of 25 homes on a site north of Reivers Gate.
The application site for the new proposal ‘lies directly adjacent to the settlement boundary’.
Objector Denise Primrose said that last week’s decision notice arrived in the post on Saturday at the same time as the notification of the new application.
“You can imaginge the elation from Tuesday to Saturday,” she added.
A public meeting is taking place in Longhorsley Village Hall tonight at 7pm.