‘This really is an estate too far for Acklington’

The village of Acklington
The village of Acklington

A plan for 21 homes in Acklington has been approved by a majority verdict, despite one councillor describing it as ‘an estate too far’ for the village.

Northumberland Estates submitted the outline scheme – with four affordable properties – for land along Acklington Drive.

The parish council was against, saying it would be a ‘significant increase to the size of the village’.

At last week’s planning meeting, Coun Jeff Watson said it was overdevelopment, detracting from the character of the village – especially as it came on the back of approval for 22 homes in the village.

But Coun Trevor Thorne said that there were no valid planning reasons for refusal and it would be approved on appeal.

Members did agree with a request from Coun Watson, who asked for speed cameras to be placed at both ends of the village if the scheme was approved.

Afterwards, Coun Watson said that he didn’t feel he could oppose the scheme for 22 homes, but felt the cumulative effect of the latest application was too much for a small village.