Bid to build six homes next to railway line

The site of the proposed homes in Chathill next to the station.
The site of the proposed homes in Chathill next to the station.
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Plans for six affordable homes in a north Northumberland village have been submitted to the county council.

Applicant Rob Wealleans wants to build the new three-bedroom, semi-detached properties on land adjacent to the station in Chathill.

The site, to the north-east of the station immediately adjacent to the northern platform, is a a brownfield site located on the edge of the village with no history of development recorded within the site boundary.

According to a design and access statement submitted with the application, ‘to date, the land in question has been used as access and storage linked directly to the servicing of the railway line and station’.

The statement also explains that to the north west of the site, access can be gained to service the railway line and this access is to be maintained through the proposals.

‘It should be noted that this access is very rarely in use and the site as it stands is not generally used for parking given the facilities on the south (main station) side opening out to the centre of the village’, it adds.

However, one neighbour has already submitted an objection saying that ‘development of this site should be refused as being unsuitable for residential use’, due to its proximity to the railway line and a sewage treatment works on the other side.