Housing bid for seaside town is back on the table

Gloster Hill Farm, Amble, the  site of proposed housing development.
Gloster Hill Farm, Amble, the site of proposed housing development.

The applicants of a controversial housing plan which was withdrawn earlier this year have submitted a revised bid.

Mr I Forsyth and NB Clark are behind the application for 42 properties in Amble, including 14 houses, six two-bedroomed affordable bungalows and four two-bedroomed private bungalows on land to the south of Mariners View.

The scheme also aims to convert the existing farmsteading into six houses and construct a further 12 homes at Gloster Hill Farm, north of Mariners View, with an associated access link road and highway, parking, refuse hardstanding, fences and walls, landscaping and drainage.

The previous application was for 44 homes, including 10 affordable. However, the plan raised a number of objections, including from residents, on grounds such as flooding, access and wildlife. And in April, the county council said that the-then application had a number of problems.

Now, a design and access statement says that, among the changes, the revised proposal has been redesigned to site the bungalows to the north side of the Mariners View area of the site to improve the amenity of existing residents, as requested by the county planning department.

As part of the revised bid, the design and access statement says that the site is not indicated on The Environment Agency’s Floodrisk Plan as being in a flood plain or at risk of flooding.

It says that consultations about the site, and falls across the adjacent land, have identified possible surface water run-off issues, and that measures will be put in place so the drainage control on the new development is carefully designed to accommodate the design requirements for surface water, to regulate and control run-off from the site.