Duke of Northumberland's homes bid set for green light

The Duke of Northumberland's bid for more than 200 houses in his home town looks set to be approved

The Duke of Northumberland
The Duke of Northumberland

The Duke of Northumberland’s plans to build more than 200 houses in his home town look set to be given the green light, despite opposition.

The duke’s business venture bid for 213 homes at Alnwick are being recommended for approval by Northumberland County Council at a meeting next week, despite 19 letters of objection.

The scheme is linked to a development for 58 apartments for the elderly, which is also being recommended for approval.

Northumberland Estates’ application seeks outline permission for the change of use of land at Greensfield to cater for the homes.

It has attracted objections from residents based on impact of the development on the amenities of neighbouring properties, highway and parking issues, risk of surface water or fluvial flooding, impact on the character of the area, size, scale and impact on infrastructure, loss of views, loss of trees and hedgerows and impact on ecology. Alnwick Town Council has voiced concerns over access and traffic volume, and green space.

The county council’s conservation department has also voiced concern, while the authority’s education team has given its support.

The council’s North area planning committee is next Thursday being advised to approve subject to the completion of an agreement to secure 30% affordable housing, a contribution to off-site sport and recreation

facilities and a contribution towards infrastructure.

The scheme is linked to Isos Housing’s full application for extra care, affordable apartments on land south of Weavers Way.

It would include a community hub including a range of communal facilities such as a shop, café, internet, hairdressers, multi-purpose room for GPs to use, patio and sensory gardens for use by residents and the wider older community.

The scheme is facing four letters of objection from residents, over loss of privacy and light, parking and traffic, distance of the development from services, scale and massing of the building, surface water drainage and impact on wildlife.

Opposition has been voiced by the Environment Agency and the town council has repeated its concerns over access and traffic volume, and also raised parking and demand issues.

The county council’s housing team is nevertheless supporting the scheme and planning officers are recommending approval.

Meanwhile, the Malhotra Group through Prestwick Care’s plans for an 88 bedroom care home on the site of the former Arriva Northumbria depot on the town’s Lisburn Terrace, which were refused by county councillors in December, have been taken to appeal.

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