Plans for yet another housing estate in Longframlington were thrown out this week, against the advice of planning officers.
We reported in January that Miller Homes had lodged a bid to build 41 properties on land south of Deneburn and next to West Lane Caravan Park, off Rothbury Road, on the western edge of the village.
The scheme was subsequently amended to 39 properties; four two-bedroom affordable bungalows, 13 three-bedroom homes, 15 four-bedroom houses and seven five-bedroom dwellings.
However, at Tuesday’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s planning committee, members voted to reject the application, by nine votes to four, on the grounds of design, massing and density.
Ward member for the area, Coun Trevor Thorne, spoke against the proposals, pointing out that 117 houses had been built or approved in the village in recent years.
“It’s not the cumulative number I object to – although I do think our small village of Longframlington has done its bit – it’s the design,” he said. “Please don’t deliver a carbuncle on our village, which will be a blot on the landscape.”
Graham Fremlin, chairman of the parish council, added: “The west of Longframlington has been overly developed for many years, which has led to an unbalanced village.”
A majority of the committee members agreed, voting nine to four for refusal.
Coun Bernard Pidcock, said: “It’s not the Longframlington I used to know. It’s now become a very large, almost urban development.”
A number of other schemes have been approved/built in Longframlington in recent years.
In November 2014, Alnwick-based developer Cussins was given the green light for 37 new homes on land north of Rimside View. That same month, we reported that Two Castles Housing Association, working with Partner Construction, had built 25 energy-efficient homes for rent to local people, at Healeycote View on Rothbury Road.
A scheme for 10 detached properties to the north of the village, on land opposite the cemetery was lodged in May 2015 and then approved, despite objections, by a council planning committee in December that year.
Then, last year, Cussins submitted a bid for another 26 homes, on land north of Cairn View, for the second phase of its Fenwick Park development, which would take the total number of properties to 63.
Finally, in March, the planning committee approved nine detached dwellings at North End Farm, on the northern edge of the village.