Plans are back in place for new Whitton View

The Whitton View site as it is now.
The Whitton View site as it is now.

Plans for an extension to the Whitton View housing development in Rothbury are to go before councillors in the next few months.

The application, from Northumberland Estates, is for 55 homes on land adjacent to the current development at the east-end entrance to the village.

Called Whitton Bank, it will include 20 affordable homes (a proportion of 35 per cent) as well as with associated access roads, landscaping and public open spaces.

The plans have been on the back burner because of surface-water concerns highlighted by Northumbrian Water. But the company has now given its approval. But that is on the basis that any go ahead has a condition attached that a scheme for surface-water drainage is agreed with the water board prior to commencement of work.

At last week’s Rothbury Parish Council meeting, Coun Chris Roberts said: “The new plans show the access that is intended by Northumberland Estates will involve digging up the road which has just been resurfaced.

“It is clearly a big concern.”

County Coun Steven Bridgett said the plans could be heard at the North Area Planning committee meeting in May.

He added: “I intend to speak at the meeting and there are a number of things with which I have an issue.”