Objectors line up against another housing scheme

The crab apple tree for which a tree preservation order (TPO) is being sought. Picture by Mary Scott
The crab apple tree for which a tree preservation order (TPO) is being sought. Picture by Mary Scott

Proposals for another housing development in Rothbury have sparked and a number of objections – and an effort to save a tree.

As reported last month, Northumberland Estates, which has received planning permission for several developments in the village in recent years, has submitted another bid for new homes.

The outline application, with all matters reserved, is for nine properties on land to the south of Hillside Road West, at the top of Gravelly Bank.

The scheme is only in outline at this stage, but the homes are likely to be three to five-bedroomed properties, which will look like single-storey dwellings from the road, but will actually be two-storey with room in the roof due to the slope of the hillside.

The proposals have so far sparked just under 100 objections on Northumberland County Council’s online planning portal.

These have addressed a series of issues including the impact of the homes on the beauty and landscape of the Coquet Valley, concerns about the ability of Hillside Road West to take more traffic, and that the development would be on greenfield land.

However, the developers’ planning statement concludes that ‘the development proposal is fully justified when considered against national and local planning policies’.

Meanwhile, a bid to protect a crab apple tree, which is on the site, has been launched by seeking a tree preservation order.