Plans for a major residential scheme in Alnwick, which would feature more than 250 properties and transform the south of the town, have reached the next stage.
Northumberland Estates has submitted an application for outline planning permission for the construction of 271 residential dwellings and an Extra Care facility.
The plans would also include an improved access road from Weavers Way and an improved roundabout and new road from Willowburn Avenue.
In March, the Gazette unveiled the Estates’ proposals for a residential development consisting of around 225 properties – 30 per cent of which would be affordable – at Greensfield.
They would be sited next to the proposed new Duchess’s Community High School site and new sports facilities; the £1.5million scheme by Alnwick Sporting Club was approved in March 2012.
More than 100 residents turned out at a public exhibition to take a closer look at the plans with the majority of the concerns focusing on the access road from Weavers Way, with claims that there is already a road-safety issue there.
Then in July, a £5million housing scheme for elderly people was announced, following a successful bid for £2million of Government money.
Social landlord Isos Housing won the funding to help build a new Extra Care site, which is designed to provide 58 affordable one and two-bedroom apartments for elderly residents, half for rent and half for sale through shared ownership deals.
The new application combines the two schemes with the 58 Extra Care residential properties and 213 new homes.
A statement from the Estates said: “This addition significantly enhances the development and, as Northumberland has an increasingly ageing population, will help meet rising demand for supported accommodation in Alnwick.
“Thirty per cent of the housing will be affordable housing and this will enable local people to access high-quality homes in their community.”
The plans include a mix of two, three, four and five-bedroom homes as well as bungalows and flats and the Estates expect a decision early next year.