Northumberland County Council plans to work alongside the local community in Holy Island on the future of a car park after listening to feedback from residents.
As part of a programme of land and property sales in the county the council had put on the market a section of the Green Lane car park on Holy Island - comprising around half the existing gravel car park and part of the little used grassed overflow area.
The market testing did prompt concerns from the local community and the council is now proposing to withdraw the site from sale and if they wish, work with the local parish council to develop an affordable housing scheme using government funds.
Council chief executive Steven Mason said: “The council was well aware of the sensitivities of this site which sits within the Holy Island Conservation Area.
“We also acknowledged the importance of this facility to the local tourism economy and the concerns raised by local residents. We’ve listened carefully to their feedback and are happy to consider either leaving the carpark or working with the parish council to consider an affordable housing scheme.”
Across Northumberland, a range of buildings and land plots have been put on the market over the past year as part of the council’s plans to use capital receipts to help drive economic growth, regeneration and new employment opportunities, whilst also making annual savings in property running costs of £2million to help safeguard cuts to vital public services.