The Duke of Northumberland’s business venture’s bid for new homes in a county village is set to get the green light.
Northumberland Estates’ proposal to build 15 properties at Rennington near Alnwick is being recommended for approval by Northumberland County Council planning officers, with the decision to be made tomorrow night (thurs.)
The estates is seeking to build 15 homes, five of which would be affordable, on land east of North Farm.
The proposal would see the conversion and extension of grade two listed traditional farm buildings to provide two of the dwellings, and demolition of modern agricultural buildings.
The scheme would also include associated access roads, public open space and gardens.
The estates is seeking both planning permission and listed building consent.
Its planning statement for the applications state: “The development of private and affordable housing using existing redundant buildings on previously developed land within the local needs centre of Rennington with its local facilities is considered to comply with national planning policy and the development plan.
“Importantly the development meets an identified and unmet need for affordable housing and provides a significant enhancement to the built environment.
“The site occupies a sustainable location, is free of constraints and would provide affordable housing.
“Therefore, it is respectfully requested that the planning and listed building consent applications be recommended for approval.”
Rennington Parish Council has said it is “not against the further growth and development of Rennington Village” but has voiced “deep concerns” about the location of the housing and questioned the need for the properties.
It voiced further concerns about flooding, car parking and sewage.
The county council’s building conservation team requested further information.
No letters of objection were penned while there was one letter of support.
The county council’s planning officers are recommending the applications be approved by the authority’s North area planning committee when it meets tomorrow night.
The estates declined to comment ahead of the meeting.
Parish council chairman David Barraclough said: “We submitted our response as the parish council. What it says is what I would say,”