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Homes plan for former Shilbottle farm

Looking up towards the site at Townfoot Farm which is earmarked for new homes.
Looking up towards the site at Townfoot Farm which is earmarked for new homes.

New homes are being proposed on part of a former farm in north Northumberland which also houses an equestrian centre.

An outline application, for seven new homes on land at Townfoot Farm, near Shilbottle, has been submitted to Northumberland County Council.

Historically, the site formed part of the land holding associated with the farm, before becoming Townfoot Riding School and Stables.

The steading itself is bounded on all sides by a mix of farmland and land for horse grazing and exercising in connection with the stables.

The riding school will remain in operation and the proposed area for redevelopment, to the south-west, only contains derelict and dilapidated buildings which are no longer in use and would be demolished.

‘These buildings were part of the previous agricultural operation on site, which is no longer in situ and can no longer be used in connection with the riding school due to their very poor condition’, the application explains.

A planning statement submitted by George F White on behalf of the applicant, Mr Stoker, concludes: ‘The provision of new-build market housing will provide housing solutions for people wishing to live work and invest in the area.

‘It will generate small-scale economic opportunities for local contractors and local job creation, thus contributing to the local economy.

‘As a result, the balance of the economic, environmental and social dimensions of the proposed development would provide for sustainable development.’

A previous application was submitted in November last year before being withdrawn in April.

By Ben O'Connell, Local Democracy Reporting Service