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Proposals for hundreds of new homes in Amble go on show

Residents take a closer look at proposals for hundreds of new homes in Amble.
Residents take a closer look at proposals for hundreds of new homes in Amble.

Residents in Amble were able to take a look at proposals for hundreds of new homes in the town at a public consultation event yesterday.

As reported by the Gazette last week, a scheme for around 500 homes on a 24.9 hectare (61.5 acre) site to the south-east of Acklington Road and behind James Calvert Spence College have been unveiled.

The exhibition highlighted the perceived benefits of the new housing, such as the number of jobs being which would be created and the multimillion-pound boost to the area’s economy, as well as the fact that 15 per cent of the homes would be affordable.

The developer is Hindhaugh Homes Ltd, represented by planning consultants Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners, but Hindhaugh is acting on a land-promotion basis for the landowner, so if the scheme progressed, it would be taken forward by a big house-builder, such as Barratt or Miller.

At yesterday’s drop-in event at the Fourways 2 building, there were mixed views about whether the development was needed or wanted in Amble, but there were a couple of key issues which many residents were concerned about.

One was whether the town’s infrastructure could cope with the addition of another 500 homes, with particular reference to the doctors and the fact that Amble still doesn’t have a supermarket.

Meanwhile, another concern is the access to the development being from Acklington Road, with the tricky junction at the Masons Arms highlighted as a problem. An access from the A1068 to the eastern side of the proposed site would be preferable in the eyes of many residents.

For more of your views and opinions about the proposals, see Thursday’s Northumberland Gazette.