Still no decision on housing schemes

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.

The fate of two controversial planning applications for Warkworth are still hanging in the balance, as no decision has yet been taken over their future.

Last month, Northumberland County Council’s north area planning committee reluctantly approved the schemes for the village.

The bids, submitted by Northumberland Estates, were for six properties at Hermitage Drive, as well as nine homes at Watershaugh Road.

However, members were told that the applications could still be refused, after being sent to the National Planning Casework Unit (NPCU), which manages planning decisions on behalf of the Secretary of State.

But yesterday, the Gazette was told by a county council spokeswoman that the NPCU has asked for an extension to the time to consider the decisions.

Objectors say that the village is being swamped by housing developments and applications, including a bid for around 50 homes at Guilden Road which is awaiting a decision by the county council.