Third in series of opposed bids set for go-ahead

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 third in a trio of housing bids in a north Northumberland village, where some residents claim they are ‘under siege’, is set for approval.

An outline application by the Northumberland Estates for around 50 homes and associated public open space and infrastructure at Guilden Road in Warkworth, is recommended to get the green light at Tuesday’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s strategic planning committee.

It forms the final part of a trilogy of schemes in the village that are greatly concerning residents due to the over-development they perceive will be caused by the cumulative effect of the bids. A petition of 250 signatures was compiled against the three.

In March, proposals for around six properties at Hermitage Drive, which sparked 71 objections, and for around nine homes on land west of Watershaugh Road, which led to 96 objections, were given the go-ahead. This latest application has sparked 90 objections.

The report to councillors explains that eight homes at discount market value or shared ownership would be provided on site, with a financial contribution provided for off-site affordable rented homes.