Councillors to continue fight against homes

The fields in New Hartley currently used to graze horses but are earmarked for housing.
The fields in New Hartley currently used to graze horses but are earmarked for housing.
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Councillors have vowed to continue to support residents against plans to build hundreds of homes on their doorstep.

Northumberland County Council’s planning committee rejected plans to build 285 homes in New Hartley last month.

However, concerns have been raised that an appeal by Barratt Homes could be lodged, leaving councillors to say they will continue any fight against the plans.

Coun Susan Dungworth said: “It’s clear that the local community in New Hartley don’t want to see developments of this size which put immense pressure on our facilities but we’ve got to prepare ourselves for a challenge given how this Conservative Government have changed the planning rules.

“As a community, we’ll continue to fight to make sure our voice is heard and that local concerns are properly dealt with and I’m giving my pledge to continue to do that, along with my fellow Labour councillors.

“Our concerns over the development haven’t gone away and Barratts haven’t addressed them adequately.

“If Barratt decide to appeal the planning decision, we’ll make sure the community voice is heard loud and clear in that appeal.”