Pushing ahead with bid for new homes in Longhoughton

Coun Kate Cairns with residents John and Romaine Kim at the proposed housing site in Longhoughton. 
Picture by Jane Coltman
Coun Kate Cairns with residents John and Romaine Kim at the proposed housing site in Longhoughton. Picture by Jane Coltman

Full plans for 66 new homes in Longhoughton have now been submitted to the county council.

The reserved-matters application, for properties on land to the north of Station Road, where the access road would be located, and to the west of the church of St Peter and St Paul, has been lodged with the planning authority.

It follows the unanimous approval of Northumberland Estates’ outline bid for up to 66 homes by the county council’s planning committee in May.

Story Homes has applied to build a mix of two, three, four and five-bedroom homes, which will include 10 affordable properties – seven for social rent and three for sale at discounted market value.

The six two-bedroom and 14 three-bedroom houses will be semi-detached, while the 36 four-bedroom and 10 five-bedroom properties will be detached. The affordable homes would be two and three-bedroom.

Speaking on behalf of Longhoughton Parish Council at the meeting in May, local ward member, Coun Kate Cairns, highlighted that flooding, sewerage and highways safety were among the chief concerns, much as they were at a public meeting in the village last November.

Responding to questions from committee members, a council expert explained that surface water does pool in the south-east corner of the site and that much effort has been put in to finding a solution.

The site will have a new outflow pipe which will take all of the water directly to the North Sea. Despite the distance, this is thought to be feasible as all of the land needed is in the ownership of the Northumberland Estates.

Guy Munden, from the applicants, emphasised that Longhoughton is a sustainable location for development, this is the only real practical site for housing in the village and that 15 per cent affordable housing would be provided.