Warkworth housing plan could get the green light

Plans for new homes in Warkworth by the Duke of Northumberland's business venture looks set to get approval

Warkworth Castle in Northumberland
Warkworth Castle in Northumberland

The Duke of Northumberland’s business venture’s bid to build homes in a county village looks set to be given the green light, despite objections.

Northumberland Estates is proposing to build 37 houses at Warkworth.

The application has yielded objections from 52 residents and Warkworth Parish Council.

However, Northumberland County Council planners are being recommended to approve the plans at a meeting tomorrow night.

The planning application proposes the change of use of agricultural land and the building of two and three bedroom homes on land East of Old Barns Close, Morwick Road.

It is an amended bid with the scheme having initially proposed 44 homes, only for this to be scaled back following consultation and discussions with council officers.

A contribution of £399,432 is proposed towards provision of affordable housing in Warkworth.

The Duke of Northumberland
The Duke of Northumberland

A spokesman for the estates said: “The village of Warkworth is a sustainable location where the development of new housing will assist in the vitality and viability of Warkworth and contribute to the rural economy.

“In recent years across rural Northumberland there has been a noticeable undersupply of private homes in villages such as Warkworth.

“This has contributed to rising house prices and significantly increased the number of local people and families with real housing needs.

“The development of new housing will allow local people the opportunity to live in much needed, high quality homes and will also enable affordable homes to be delivered in the local area.”

Yet objections have been lodged to the 37 home project by the parish council and residents.

Villager Anne Puddephatt last night said: “There is a surplus amount of houses in that area.

“Why are they being built in Warkworth when there is empty houses for sale?”

Yet the council’s North area planning committee is being recommended to approve the scheme at its meeting tomorrow night.

Mrs Puddephatt said she was disappointed with the council’s recommendation.

“We are hoping to get as many residents there as possible,” she said. “We have put our arguments together.”


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