Major homes development in Alnwick gets final sign-off

An artist's impression of some of the proposed homes at Greensfield.
An artist's impression of some of the proposed homes at Greensfield.

A development of more than 200 homes, one of a trio of major projects to the south of Alnwick, is now moving ahead following final approval.

Northumberland Estates’ bid for the housing scheme at Greensfield was given outline permission in May 2014, having been submitted the previous October.

A plan showing the proposed site of the new housing at Greensfield.

A plan showing the proposed site of the new housing at Greensfield.

More than 100 residents had turned out at a public exhibition to take a closer look at the plans with the majority of the concerns focusing on the access road from Weavers Way, with claims that there is already a road-safety issue there.

At the same time, the Extra Care development known as Weavers Court, consisting of 58 flats for people aged 55 and over, was approved. Construction started in October 2014 and it is set to be completed soon.

The third major project in the area is the new school which is also being built at the moment and is due to be occupied from September, although there will be further work to expand it so it can accommodate Years 7 and 8 when the Duchess’s becomes a secondary school the following year.

As previously reported by the Gazette, the reserved-matters application for 236 homes on land east of Greensfield was submitted last October. It was given the green light at the end of last month.

There will be a range of house designs with two, three, four or five bedrooms, including 31 affordable two and three-bedroom properties.

The site is to be developed by house-builder Taylor Wimpey, which now has a listing for Willowburn Park on its website.

The description says: ‘We aim to create a development which adds to the fantastic community of Alnwick, ensuring our homes are befitting to the area in regards to style, size and design which will also appeal to the aspirations of each member of the community.

‘We will be incorporating the idyllic natural surroundings into the layout design, the site at Greensfield will include various natural green spaces throughout that will house different materials of natural play and seating areas’.

It adds that the firm has already had ‘great interest in this up-coming development’ and recommends registering either online or by calling the North East office on 0191 516 5400 to be kept updated.