Plans for 237 homes at Corbridge drawn up by Gladman Developments

Plans are being worked on for 237 new homes at Milkwell Lane in Corbridge, Northumberland

A general view of Corbridge
A general view of Corbridge

Plans have been drawn up for almost 240 homes in an upmarket Northumberland village.

Gladman Developments has drawn up a scheme for 237 houses on land off Milkwell Lane at Corbridge, a third of which would be classed as affordable with these for “local people.”

A planning application has yet to be submitted but Gladman is embarking on public consultation with leaflets about the scheme delivered to 1,125 households and businesses, inviting feedback.

Various organisations and groups have also been contacted and asked for their views.

A public exhibition of the plans takes places at Corbridge Parish Hall, St Helen’s Street on Monday between 5pm and 7pm, followed by a public meeting.

The Journal has been told questions are likely to be asked at the meeting about whether there is a need for an additional 237 homes in the village.

In Northumberland County Council’s core strategy proposals, Corbridge has been earmarked as a site for just 300 new houses over the next 18 years.

It is understood the site Gladman is targeting was previously earmarked for housing by the now defunct Tynedale Council.

The company failed to respond to requests for comment but its leaflet says: “Every council is required by the Government to boost significantly the supply of housing and to make planning decisions in the light of a presumption in favour of sustainable development.

Northumberland County Council do not presently have a five year supply of housing land. Approval of this development will help towards addressing the present shortfall of housing within the area.”

It adds: “The site is well located with good access to existing community facilities and the local public transport network.

“The proposal will provide new homes to sustain the vitality and viability of the local community.”

The leaflet adds that the development would include on site public open space with recreational facilities.

The scheme follows the approval of Taylor Wimpey’s plans for 54 homes on two sites in the village last October.

A total of 36 open market houses will be built at Cragside, and 18 affordable houses at Synclen Avenue.

The company’s plans faced over 150 objections from residents and opposition from Corbridge Parish Council and the Friends of Corbridge 2013.

Approval came despite strong reservations about the impact of the scheme on the village’s education, sewerage and road systems.

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