Plans have been lodged for 47 new homes in Northumberland village

Plans have been lodged for 47 new homes in Longframlington.

Wednesday, 27th November 2019, 3:54 pm
Updated Tuesday, 3rd December 2019, 1:40 pm
The proposed housing site in Longframlington. Picture: Google Images

The proposals are for the same site, on land north of Fairfields, where plans for 58 homes were refused by Northumberland County Council in August.

Planning permission already exists for 17 detached homes on the site.

Tantallon Homes is proposing nine different types of properties, ranging from two-bedroom bungalows to five bedroom homes.

In a report accompanying the application, Jonathan Mole of Nicholson Nairn Architects, states: ‘The number of units has been increased in comparison to the previously approved development, however the density is still appropriate.

‘The scale of the individual units is likewise appropriate. The proposed dwellings are all one or two storey with pitched roofs, reflecting the historic form of the village. Their footprints, height and massing are considered appropriate.

‘The previously approved developments on the site consisted of traditionally designed properties and the current application follows much the same approach.’

The terraced units adjacent to the proposed site entrance and the four two-bedroom bungalows have been earmarked for potential affordable housing, although the proportion of affordable housing required is to be determined.

Mr Mole adds: ‘The proposed site will integrate well into the form the village without affecting the character of the historic core.

‘There is a demonstrable need for new housing in the area and the proposed mix of unit types has been tailored well to address the local need.

‘Consideration has been given to environmental sustainability ecology, flood risk and acoustics. The amenity of existing and future residents has been carefully considered.’

The previous scheme was unanimously refused by the North Northumberland Local Area Council, against the recommendation of planning officers, after councillors decided the scheme would have a detrimental effect on the character of the local area and said the design was out of keeping with the village.

Local county councillor Trevor Thorne raised concerns about the number of new homes built in recent years, while there were objections from 21 local residents with various concerns, including the impact on services and infrastructure and the loss of a greenfield site.