Homes refused for second time, but appeal in process

A second planning application to build homes on greenfield land in a north Northumberland village have been unanimously refused.

Northumberland Estates submitted the proposal for 47 homes in Shilbottle – while still waiting on the outcome of an appeal for a previous application at the same site, on land south of Grange Road.

However, despite planning officers recommending that it was approved, councillors on the north area planning committee refused permission.

Village residents were mostly in opposition to the scheme with the parish – stating that the village school is already at capacity, sewers are at capacity and flooding is a big concern.

Parish council chairman Paul Burns said: “This application demonstrates contempt and reckless disregard for the children of Shilbottle.”

Coun Trevor Thorne said: “The village is sustainable, but we have recently had 200 houses built and no investment in the village or its infrastructure.

“We want to see responsible planning. We can hardly blame the residents for questioning if everything is going to be delivered, as it hasn’t been in the past.”

The meeting also heard that the sewerage system in the village is to be upgraded.

Work is due to take place, and be completed, by the end of 2015.

The first Shilbottle plan is still going through the appeals process.