Green light for second phase of housing estate

The Whitton View site as it is now.
The Whitton View site as it is now.

The second phase of a housing development in a north Northumberland village, which would provide 55 homes, has been given the go-ahead.

Northumberland Estates was granted permission for its scheme to the east of Whitton View in Rothbury, to be known as Whitton Bank, at the May meeting of Northumberland County Council’s north area planning committee.

Coun Steven Bridgett, ward member for Rothbury, said: “I’m quite vociferous in the pursuit of affordable housing for my area.

“This development does deliver 35 per cent affordable housing, there’s not avoiding that, but there are a number of mitigating circumstances that cannot be swept under the carpet just because afforadble housing is being provided.”

He raised concerns relating to facilites such as the villages’ GPs and dentists operating at capacity, flood risk, added pressure on the sewage treatment plant and the affordable housing being ‘cul-de-sacked off from the private housing’.

But Northumbrian Water is happy that the flood risk would not be increased and that the sewage can be dealt with, although it was said that expansion of the the treatment works would be needed before any further development in the village.