Public outcry, but plans set to get green light

Objectors to the Northumberland Estates' housing plans for Warkworth. Picture by The Ambler.
Objectors to the Northumberland Estates' housing plans for Warkworth. Picture by The Ambler.

Two bids for new homes in a Northumberland village, which feels ‘under siege’, could get the go-ahead tonight despite dozens of objections.

At a meeting of the county council’s north area planning committee, members are recommended to approve two schemes, which form part of a trio of bids in Warkworth that are greatly concerning residents.

Before councillors are the bids for around six properties at Hermitage Drive, which has sparked 71 objections, and for around nine homes on land west of Watershaugh Road, which has led to 96 objections.

Committee members have also been on a site visit for the third bid by the Northumberland Estates, for around 50 homes at Guilden Road, but that application is not on the agenda for tonight’s meeting.

Warkworth Parish Council has also objected to the three schemes, while a petition of 250 signatures has been compiled against the trio of bids.

One of the main concerns is that the cumulative impact of these three developments, combined with a bid for 37 homes which was recently approved on appeal, which would result in a 25 per cent increase in the village’s population.

Other plans in the parish

A rejected scheme for 37 homes at land east of Old Barns Close, Morwick Road, was initially turned down, but was recently overturned on appeal. This is also an application by the Northumberland Estates, which is behind the trio of applications.

Gloster Hill – This site is in Amble, but falls within the parish of Warkworth. An application has been submitted to the county council on behalf of Clark Homes Ltd and Mr I Forsyth for 44 dwellings, including 10 affordable homes. It features two distinct sites linked by an access road.