Northumberland Estates submits detailed plans for 118-home scheme in Alnwick

Detailed plans for the next stage of a major housing scheme in Alnwick have been submitted.

Monday, 7th June 2021, 2:18 pm

Planning permission for 270 homes on a 75-acre greenfield site at Windy Edge, off Alnmouth Road, was granted nearly three years ago.

Phase one is well underway with the Cussins development at Peter’s Mill.

Northumberland Estates has now lodged a reserved matters application for the second phase of the scheme comprising 118 homes on a 20-acre site.

A computer generated image showing how the homes could look.

A spokesperson for Northumberland Estates said: “The Peter’s Mill site has planning approval for 270 houses and Northumberland Estates is pleased to be submitting detailed plans for the next stage of the development due to high demand. Alnwick is proving more popular than ever with buyers.”

The new application submitted to Northumberland County Council indicates the proposed access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale of the development.

A planning report prepared by IDPartnership on behalf of Northumberland Estates and Cussins reveals plans for 9 two bedroom homes, 46 three bedroom, 43 four bedroom and 20 five bedroom properties.

Of these, 18 would be two and three bedroom affordable dwellings.

The proposed development site.

The majority of the development consists of two storey housing although there are some two-and-a-half storey houses proposed in key locations.

The site is bounded by the existing Fisher Lane pedestrian access, sewage works, open fields, housing at Allerburn Lea and the first phase of the development.

The main vehicular access point would be off Alnmouth Road and through the first phase of the development.

Additional pedestrian and cycle routes would connect to the existing public right of way which passes under the A1 to the east of the site and carries on westwards to Alnwick town centre via Fisher Lane.

A planning report states: ‘The development proposals seek to retain and incorporate as many of the existing key landscape features, including the sloping topography, as far as possible and ensure that the new housing does not detract from the setting of a sensitive landscape area.

‘The reserved matters application for Phase 2 seeks to provide 118 homes set within a network of accessible multi-functional open space.

‘The masterplan will provide an attractive sequence of spaces throughout the development by providing family homes set within large areas of greenspace which will incorporate informal recreation, trim trails and visual amenity.’

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