Villagers start homes fight

Concerned residents have vowed to launch a ‘strong campaign’ to fight plans for 71 homes to be built in their village.

Two separate but linked schemes have been submitted to Northumberland County Council to construct the properties in Warkworth.

Northumberland Estates wants to build 44 private dwellings on land south of Morwick Road. The company says that a financial contribution from the development of this site would then be made to the county council to assist the delivery of 27 affordable homes on an adjacent plot.

The authority, in partnership with Esh Group and Two Castles Housing Association, is proposing to build these homes on land south of New Barns Court, all available for rent.

But on Sunday, more than 65 concerned villagers met to discuss the plans. A sub-committee was formed and a ‘joint vocal objection’ is being planned for when the applications go to the north area planning committee.

Objector Anne Puddephatt said: “The amenities of the village are not sufficient to sustain a development of this size and there is no necessity for the building of these homes.

“Residents are angry that the affordable homes will be for rent, and not for sale – not giving the young people the chance to buy.”

A petition is to be created.