Green light for first in series of housing plans

Land south of Dandsfield Square, Amble
Land south of Dandsfield Square, Amble

An application to build 48 new affordable homes in Amble was backed by councillors this week as the scheme was given the go-ahead.

The development, on land south of Dandsfield Square, would consist of 12 one-bedroom flats, eight two-bedroom bungalows, 20 two-bedroom houses and eight three-bedroom houses.

In November last year, the Gazette reported that the Labour administration at County Hall had announced phase one of its plans to build more than 300 affordable homes in the coming years.

The schemes in phase one have a target start date of summer this year with completion in 2016 and the Dandsfield Square development is the first to get planning permission.

Coun John Taylor said: “This is the first of a number of applications that some of us have been waiting for for many years. It’s housing for rent for local people.”

Coun Dougie Watkin echoed his views, adding : “It really is nice to see some council houses being built.”

But Coun Colin Horncastle raised concerns about the housing-allocation policy, despite backing the building of the homes.

“I welcome this, but it’s affordable housing for Northumberland, not affordable housing for Amble,” he said.