Concerns raised over scheme for 44 new houses

Residents in Amble, including (centre) Martin Horn, who are unhappy  with the proposed Gloster Hill development.
Residents in Amble, including (centre) Martin Horn, who are unhappy with the proposed Gloster Hill development.

Opposition is building against plans to build 44 homes on the outskirts of a seaside town, with concerns ranging from flooding to dangerous road junctions.

An application has been submitted to Northumberland County Council on behalf of Clark Homes Ltd and Mr I Forsyth for the properties, including 10 affordable houses, at Gloster Hill, Amble.

But while the site is listed as Amble, it officially falls into the parish of Warkworth, where villagers are already fighting three separate applications for nearly 70 homes by the Northumberland Estates.

During Amble Town Council’s public question time on Thursday, resident Martin Horn, of Mariners View, revealed his concerns about the scheme.

Mr Horn, who was joined by other protestors, said the area already has a problem with sewage capacity and flooding.

He raised concerns about access and said wildlife would be ‘totally devastated’ by the application. He questioned the need for the number of homes and said there was a lack of jobs in the area.

The bid has already received a number of objections, including neighbours and the fire and rescue service.

The town council will be discussing the scheme on January 27 at the Fourways 2 building at 6.30pm.

The scheme to build 16 homes and 10 affordable bungalows at land south of Mariners View. Then, land at Gloster Hill Farm, north of Mariners View, would see the existing farm steadings converted into six houses, while a further 12 would be built.

A design/access statement says measures will be put in place so drainage control on the new development can accommodate design requirements for surface water, to control run-off.