Controversial housing plans resubmitted

Land adjacent to Kingsfield in Seahouses.
Land adjacent to Kingsfield in Seahouses.

A scheme for more than 80 new homes on the southern edge of Seahouses has been revised and resubmitted to the county council.

At Monday night’s meeting of North Sunderland Parish Council, members heard that a new version of proposals for homes on land east of Kingsfield has been lodged.

Coun Malcolm Cresswell, a resident of the Kingsfield estate which neighbours the application site, said that revised plans were in for 83 properties and no health village.

“It seems to have the buzzword of affordable housing in it as well,” he added.

He was also concerned that the application had returned prior to the adoption of a strip of land which forms part of the development site.

In March 2013, Northumbria Leisure Ltd applied for outline permission to build 88 properties on the greenfield site alongside a a healthcare village, to include a health club.

In January last year, the parish council discussed amended plans for 89 homes with the leisure aspects removed. Members were concerned that ‘another ghost holiday village’ would be bad for Seahouses. In Kingsfield, only 20 of the 77 properties are occupied full-time.