Committee to vote on major plans for the south of town

A plan showing the proposed site of the new housing at Greensfield.
A plan showing the proposed site of the new housing at Greensfield.

A major development of more than 200 homes plus nearly 60 flats for the elderly to the south of Alnwick is set to get the green light next week.

In October last year, Northumberland Estates applied for outline planning permission for the construction of around 213 homes and an Extra Care facility.

The plans would also include an improved access road from Weavers Way and an improved roundabout and new road from Willowburn Avenue.

In March 2013, the Gazette first unveiled the Estates’ proposals for a residential development consisting of around 225 properties – 30 per cent of which would be affordable – at Greensfield.

They would be sited next to the site for a rebuilt Duchess’s Community High School and new sports facilities; the £1.5million scheme by Alnwick Sporting Club was approved in March 2012.

Then in July, a £5million housing scheme for elderly people was announced, following a successful bid for £2million of Government money by social landlord Isos Housing, which will provide 58 affordable one and two-bedroom apartments for elderly residents.

And at next Thursday’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s north area planning committee, members are being recommended to grant outline permission for both schemes as well as full permission for the 58 apartments.

The homes development, which sparked 19 letters of objection, would be subject to a legal agreement to secure 30 per cent affordable housing, a contribution to off-site sport and recreation facilities and a contribution towards infrastructure.