Major homes plans for village to go on display to public

Plans for 55 new homes in a north Northumberland village will be on display at a public exhibition today.

Northumberland Estates has submitted a planning application to the county council for the homes in the second phase of the Whitton View development in Rothbury.

The exhibition for Whitton Bank, on land to the east of the existing homes, will be held today at Rothbury Golf Club and will be open to the public from 4pm to 7pm.

Details of the plans will be on display and representatives from Northumberland Estates will be on hand to answer any questions.

The scheme would consist of 55 homes including 20 affordable homes (a proportion of 35 per cent) along with associated access roads, landscaping and public open spaces.

According to documents submitted with the planning application, ‘a variation of house sizes is proposed across the site, ranging from five-bedroom dwellings to single-bedroom apartments, offering opportunities for a social mix across the site and the creation of a varied community’.

It continues: “The amount of development on the site creates a housing development that has a density and layout in keeping with that of the adjacent Whitton View development.”

At the October meeting of Rothbury Parish Council, members discussed the scheme after Northumberland Estates provided information to the council ahead of the planning application.

The meeting was attended by around a dozen or more current residents of the Whitton View Estate, who raised concerns about the access road, which would be sited on a steep hillside.

Cars being abandoned in the snow was said to be a problem for those living in the first phase.

Town and county councillor Steven Bridgett said he wanted answers about drainage and about capacity of schools, GP and dentist practices and said a group of affordable homes on the estate would be badly overshadowed by trees.

“I think there’s room to negotiate. I certainly wouldn’t be happy with the development as it stands at the moment, based on the areas I have listed,” he added.