Plans for 60 new homes given go-ahead

Land at Thropton that may be used for housing.
Land at Thropton that may be used for housing.

Outline plans for 60 new homes in Thropton were given unanimous approval last week.

The application, by the Valley View Partnership, is for land to the west of the Northern 4x4 Centre on the B6341.

And 22 per cent of the homes, which equates to 13 properties, will be a mix of affordable to buy and rent.

Plans were supported by residents, 67 of whom signed a petition as part of a bid to get the application approved.

Speaking at the north area planning meeting on Thursday night, resident Tanya Mackay said: “This opportunity for 60 dwellings, especially the affordable houses, will be of huge benefit, not just to Thropton but to the surrounding areas as well.

“We want Thropton to become a thriving village that goes from strength to strength.”

Coun Trevor Thorne said: “Sixty houses is a lot for Thropton but I get some comfort from the fact that the affordable houses are to be built first, there is a five-year phasing period and some of the affordable houses will be for rent.”

A statement from Stewart, Paul and Janice Rogers, of the Valley View Partnership, said: “We received a lot of support from people. This development will supply affordable housing which is much-needed in the Coquet Valley and it will make Thropton prosper.”