Duke of Northumberland's business venture's bid for Shilbottle homes refused again

The Duke of Northumberland's business venture's bid for homes at Shilbottle has been refused a second time

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The Duke of Northumberland’s business venture has been knocked back a second time in its bid for homes in a county village.

Northumberland Estates has seen its latest plans for 47 homes at Shilbottle refused by Northumberland County Council, following the rejection of an earlier proposal.

The estates last night said it was considering its next move over the second refusal, with its first application already subject of an appeal.

One parish councillor last night voiced her delight at the latest decision, insisting the village did not need so many new homes and that its sewerage network could not cope.

The estates’ latest application sought permission for the homes on land South of Grange Road, 14 of which were to be classed as affordable.

It faced 114 letters of objections - 107 of which were based on a template - a petition against the development signed by 28 residents and opposition from Shilbottle Parish Council.

Objections were based on ability of the village’s existing infrastructure to accommodate additional development. Governors of Shilbottle First School also voiced concern over its ability to cope with an influx of additional pupils.

Northumberland County Council’s North area planning committee was being recommended to approve, but members instead opted to refuse.

The refusal followed the county council’s refusal of an earlier application for the homes along with the construction of a doctor’s surgery and start-up business units.

That application is currently subject of an appeal.

The estates last night said it was “yet to decide on a course of action in terms of an appeal” in relation to the newly refused scheme and confirmed that the first application is “still progressing through the system for now.”

Last night parish council vice chairman Elisabeth Haddow said: “I am very pleased it was refused. In essence I am not against some development especially for affordable housing for the village but I think we have had our fair share of major developments.

“Let us have the drains put right, the surface water seen to. Let us see the affordable housing for the people of this village but only when the systems are in place.”

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