Two applications for new housing are set to get the green light next week, despite sparking objections in their communities.
The two schemes, in Amble and Longframlington, will go before Northumberland County Council’s planning and performance committee on Tuesday afternoon.
The Amble bid is an outline application for the construction of six detached dwellings and detached garages and the demolition of redundant outbuildings on land north of Gloster Hill, which actually falls within the parish of Warkworth.
It has been opposed by both Amble Town Council and Warkworth Parish Council, while also sparking 12 objections from residents as well as eight letters of support.
Among the concerns are the impact on ecology, the stability of the site, flooding and highways-safety issues relating to the access.
However, the council’s highways department, the council’s ecologist, Natural England and the Environment Agency have not raised any objections and the scheme is recommended for approval subject to the completion of a section 106 legal agreement to secure a contribution to affordable housing.
The application for Longframlington also seeks outline permission, to change the use of land to the east of Longframlington Cemetery to residential by constructing 10 detached houses, an access road and landscaping.
It has been brought to committee at the request of the local ward member, Coun Trevor Thorne, who has concerns ‘with regard to the access onto a road with a dangerous bend with limited vision for motorists’.
Longframlington Parish Council has also objected, alongside 11 residents, but the highways department has not and it is recommended for approval , also subject to the completion of a section 106 agreement to secure a contribution to affordable housing as well as there being no objections from public protection and the flood authority.
Also on Tuesday’s agenda is a bid to erect a 12-metre mast by the village green on Harbour Road, Beadnell, and an application for advertising signs to the rear of Insieme Restaurant, 52-54 Main Street, Seahouses.