Withdrawal of plan a key factor in appeal success

A Northumberland village is set to feel the impact of the withdrawal of a key planning document after a housing bid was approved on appeal.

Saturday, 30th September 2017, 8:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 4th October 2017, 2:17 pm
The site in New Hartley which has now been given approval for housing.

An application by Barratt Homes North East, for 285 houses on land north of St Michael’s Avenue in New Hartley, which sparked 805 objections from 424 residents and Seaton Valley Parish Council, has been given the go-ahead.

It was narrowly refused by the county council’s strategic planning committee in April last year, sparking an appeal.

Prior to the decision being issued, the council’s new Conservative administration decided to withdraw the core strategy, which means there is no overall development plan for the county and decisions must be made based on the previous district plans, which are largely out of date and therefore given little weight.