HOUSING: Plans will ruin village

Having sent an email entitled ‘objection to plans to overdevelop Warkworth’ to Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and a copy of it to Rt Hon Sir Alan Beith MP, I decided to share its content via your letters pages.

Dear Mr Pickles,

I write as a concerned resident in the beautiful village of Warkworth in Northumberland regarding excessive planning applications by Northumberland Estates, which, if passed, have the potential to destroy the character of our historic and award-winning village plus have a detrimental effect on wildlife along with causing problems due to generating much extra traffic.

Warkworth, designated a conservation area in 1972, simply does not need any more new housing but Northumberland Estates plans to build 131 new houses in a year in Warkworth.

Please use your position of authority to prevent this vicious attack on our picturesque village which currently attracts a great many tourists as it is unspoilt and, as a resident who loves the beauty and tranquillity of Warkworth, I certainly do not wish to see its attractiveness being unnecessarily diminished.

Thank you in anticipation of your help in allowing Warkworth to remain as it is at present.

Erika Field,