Bid for homes in Northumberland village is back

The site of the proposed homes to the south of Rothbury.
The site of the proposed homes to the south of Rothbury.

Another bid to build new homes on a site on the southern side of Rothbury is now with Northumberland County Council.

An outline application has been lodged for five four-bedroom houses on a triangular plot south-west of Malin, on the north side of Silverton Lane and east of Whitton.

A previous outline scheme was given the go-ahead by a council committee in January 2014, with the approval being signed off in April 2015 after a section 106 requirement for affordable housing was dropped due to a change in the law.

However, this permission has now lapsed as no work has started on the site, which is described as ‘amenity land’ due to it having ‘no significant agricultural value’ and its relatively small size.

A design and access statement submitted with the application says that the site ‘offers unique characteristics for the area in that it is relatively level, enabling cost-efficient construction of buildings without the need for significant ground engineering works, while it also provides stunning uninterrupted views north over the Coquet Valley’.

The five new detached properties, each with garden, parking and turning space, would be accessed via two new private driveways directly off Silverton Lane.

As with the previous scheme for this site, it is proposed that the overhead electrical cables crossing the site are removed and rerouted underground ‘so as to maximise space and improve visual amenity’.

The statement adds: ‘The position and orientation of the proposed dwellings aims to sympathetically reflect that of adjacent properties while utilising the vista over the Coquet Valley to the north.’

Ben O'Connell, Local Democracy Reporting Service