Homes scheme for village hit by closure

Plans have been submitted to build 36 affordable homes in a village where councillors have bemoaned the shortage of suitable housing.

The application for outline permission concerns a site north of High Fair in Wooler and states that the housing would be a mix of two and three-bedroom houses plus bungalows.

A planning statement from agent Jon Tweddell Planning, based in Amble, reads: ‘The development proposed would continue to ensure the social welfare and indeed the economic viability of enterprise within the Glendale area.

‘It would also help to support the local school, which has been under threat due to diminishing pupil numbers.

‘The site lies on the western edge of Wooler and is accessible to existing local services. The site is a short walk from the village centre. The village centre provides a wide range of day-to-day services such as supermarkets, public houses, cafes and banks.

‘There is also a reasonably frequent bus service for access to the wider area such as Berwick-upon-Tweed, which is approximately 15 miles north of the application site.’

The site would be accessed from Common Road through an existing access historically used for the storage and transportation of sheep.

Pedestrians and cyclists would have an additional footpath connecting directly to Broomey Road.

A transport plan submitted with the application states: ‘Detailed analysis indicated that the proposed development would generate, at worst-case scenario, 20 vehicular movements which, bearing in mind the location and nature of the development, would have no material impact onto the highway network.’

As reported in the Gazette last month, father-and-daughter team David and Jennifer Cherrie are behind the plans, on land owned by Alan and Eileen Ferguson, of Blyth company Fergusons Transport and Redpath of Wooler.

Parish council chairman Coun Alfreda Hindmarsh said it was important the parish was involved in the project.

The county council’s target for new homes in Glendale is 253 within five years as the result of a survey of need.

Most of the demand is in Wooler, where the issue has been highlighted by the closure of Horsdonside sheltered housing complex.

And last week, we reported tenants moved into two flats created by Glendale Gateway Trust thanks to a donation.