Housing scheme looks set to clear its final hurdle

Amble land to the west of the  A 1068 besides Marks Bridge.
Amble land to the west of the A 1068 besides Marks Bridge.

A scheme to develop 250 new properties in Amble looks all set to go ahead as the final details are recommended for approval tonight.

The reserved-matters application, which covers the layout, scale, appearance, access and landscaping, for the proposals on land south of Marks Bridge and west of the A1068 goes before Northumberland County Council’s north area planning committee this evening.

Amble Town Council has no objections to the plans, but nine residents have raised concerns relating to aspects such as impact on neighbouring properties, the new homes not being in keeping with the surrounding area, flooding and sewerage issues and fears over increased traffic.

But the principle of the development has already been granted when permission was granted last August by the committee to remove conditions from a previously-approved plan.

It was given the nod following clarification of the agreement to secure affordable housing for the town.

The developers, Persimmon Homes, will provide 10 affordable homes for social rent on the site as well as a financial contribution of £450,000 to Amble Development Trust to upgrade facilities at the Welfare Ground and to provide affordable properties elsewhere.