Final piece of town vision is complete

Plans for 1,500 new homes at Arcot Woods, Cramlington. Picture courtesy of Tom Keighley.
Plans for 1,500 new homes at Arcot Woods, Cramlington. Picture courtesy of Tom Keighley.

Hundreds of new homes are set to be built in the final piece of the jigsaw for Cramlington New Town.

Plans to build more than 1,600 homes on land near Arcot Hall Golf Club have been approved by Northumberland County Council’s planning committee.

Housebuilding joint venture Arcot Consortium – which comprises Bellway and Persimmon – was supported by Newcastle-based planning consultancy Barton Willmore.

The plans include provision for a primary school, community centre, pub, care home, health centre and sheltered housing.

Following intensive assessment and negotiation, Barton Willmore’s team reached a solution agreed by the local authority, private sector housebuilders and Highways England.

James Hall, partner at Barton Willmore, said: “It’s fantastic to see history being made with the final piece of the original jigsaw for Cramlington and the New Town vision.

“This is the culmination of more than 30 years of work that will bring the south west sector of Cramlington to life – the final section of the original masterplan developed in the early 1960s.”

Cramlington’s original masterplan divided the town into quarters – including three residential sectors and one industrial sector.

In July, Barton Willmore’s team – lead by planning associate Martyn Earle – secured planning permission for Persimmon and Bellway to build 480 homes and a 40-bed care home at the Centre Point site.

Martyn, who grew up in Cramlington, said: “The Local Plan established by Northumberland County Council calls for developments that will instigate inward investment – and the Arcot Woods plans do just that.

“This scheme has been set out to maximise Cramlington’s potential, bringing much needed housing and new amenities to the town.”