Controversial homes bid set for green light

Cllr Steven Bridgett at the proposed housing opposite the middle school in Rothbury.
Cllr Steven Bridgett at the proposed housing opposite the middle school in Rothbury.

A scheme for 57 new homes – a mix of market and affordable properties – across two sites in Rothbury is set to get the go-ahead next week.

Northumberland Estates’ application for houses on land either side of Garleigh Road goes before Northumberland County Council’s strategic planning committee on Tuesday afternoon.

It is recommended for approval subject to the completion of a section 106 legal agreement to secure the delivery of on-site affordable housing, a financial contribution for the delivery of affordable housing within Northumberland or a combination of the two.

The site is split into two development areas. The first, for 40 private homes, is to the south of existing properties at Lordenshaw Drive.

The second, for the affordable houses, is to the south of Dr Thomlinson’s C of E Middle School and Silverton Lane.

The plans have been opposed by Rothbury, Whitton and Tosson, and Cartington parish councils and sparked 29 objections from residents.

Last October, Rothbury councillor Steven Bridgett raised several issues including pressure on the sewerage and water network and over-development of the village.

The main concerns raised by objectors are highway-safety issues; visual and environmental impact; over-provision of housing in Rothbury; impact on the local water and sewage infrastructure; impact on Wagtail Farm business; impact on residential amenity.

The planning officer’s conclusion states: ‘The proposed development is not considered to result in any significant or unacceptable impacts upon the character and appearance of the site, immediate locality or the wider environment or the amenity of adjoining residents and land uses’.