An outline application for a new housing development in North Sunderland has been lodged with Northumberland County Council.
The exact number of homes on the site, to the south of South Lane and to the west of the cemetery extension, with access proposed from South Lane via St Cuthbert’s Close, would be dealt with at the reserved-matters stage along with other details such as the types of houses.
However, the application, submitted by George F White on behalf of landowners Mrs S Carr and Mr W Dunn, explains that an illustrative layout demonstrates that the site can accommodate 20 properties at a low density.
Fifteen per cent of the homes (three properties) would be affordable in line with the council’s current policy.
The Gazette first reported on the proposals in November last year after agent Stephanie Linnell attended a meeting of North Sunderland Parish Council.
She told members that an outline bid for up to 20 new homes was likely to be submitted in the near future as she was preparing an application on behalf of a local landowner.
Ms Linnell explained that with 20 homes on the site, it would be a low-density scheme, adding that other aims were to ‘respect the existing amenity and to have strong landscaping through the site’.
Members were largely satisfied with the principle of housing on that land, while the then county councillor, John Woodman, praised the fact that the parish council was being given a chance to have a say before any application is submitted.
“It’s a lesson I wish other developers would learn,” he added.