Objectors to create fighting fund to aid housing protest

Objectors to the Northumberland Estates' housing plans for Warkworth. Picture by The Ambler.
Objectors to the Northumberland Estates' housing plans for Warkworth. Picture by The Ambler.

Determined objectors are aiming to create a fighting fund to aid their campaign against a swathe of housing bids for their village.

Northumberland Estates has submitted three applications to the county council for nearly 70 homes in different parts of Warkworth.

The largest is a scheme for approximately 50 houses, including around 15 affordable properties, on land to the west of Guilden Road.

Last month, the company won an appeal to build 37 homes on Morwick Road.

Meanwhile, a scheme for 27 affordable houses south of New Barns Court, developed by Two Castles Housing Association and Esh Property Services, should be completed in early 2015.

The hat-trick of Estates’ applications have sparked mass objections and a new committee – One Voice for Warkworth – has been formed in protest.

A coffee morning is being held on Saturday, December 6, from 10.30am to 1pm, in the Memorial Hall, to start collecting for a fighting fund.

Committee member Kelly Handyside said: “We are starting this fund in case we need professional help during the campaign and to pay for meeting costs. The coffee morning will also give people the chance to have their say.

“We are not against development, or affordable homes, but we are against the sheer amount of houses that the Estates is bombarding us with. We feel it is overdevelopment at this particular moment in time.”

An Estates’ spokesman defended the plans saying that the homes would support local services and be beneficial to the community. He said the sites have been carefully selected, so not to impact on the character of the village and have little visual impact.