‘I am not satisfied with it’

Steven Bridgett at Dunkirk Bridge near Rothbury.
Steven Bridgett at Dunkirk Bridge near Rothbury.

A councillor is preparing to fight for his community as he speaks against a planning application next week.

Steven Bridgett, who represents Rothbury, is calling for plans by Northumberland Estates, to build 55 new homes at Whitton View, to be refused by the north area planning committee when it meets a week today.

And he has said that although there will be 20 affordable homes at the site, he still feels it will have a negative impact on the village.

Coun Bridgett said: “It is one of those difficult situations where I have weighed up every part of this application and unfortunately the offer of those much-needed affordable homes does not mitigate the negative impact the new estate will have on the village.

“The housing market in Rothbury is currently saturated with properties, there is nothing the first-time buyer can afford, but the addition of 35 new homes is only going to make selling properties in Rothbury that much more difficult for those already living here.

“I am not satisfied with the agreement the Estates and Northumbrian Water have come to over sewage. It has already been highlighted by Northumbrian Water in the council’s own forthcoming new local development framework that Rothbury’s dry-flow sewage capacity is full and a new housing estate would only serve to increase that problem.

“Our doctors’ surgery is nearly at capacity, both in terms of patients and the capacity of the building they are currently in. This new estate would only serve to bring forward the inevitable of the surgery becoming part of the Community Hospital.

“The dentist in Rothbury is currently at capacity and as such is not taking on any new patients. None of these things, however, seem to be taken into account by our planners when considering applications.

“Northumberland Estates had the opportunity here to deliver something of benefit to the residents of Rothbury while at the same time still allowing them to make a considerable profit. Once again they have chosen their bottom line without any regard for potential impact on the local community.”