Homes planned for former school site

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A former school site in Blyth could be turned into a residential development if planning permission is granted.

Plans to build 26 bungalows on the old Morpeth Road Primary School land in Disraeli Street have been submitted to Northumberland County Council.

The Victorian school buildings were demolished in 2012 and the school has since relocated to new premises on the town’s former Bates Colliery site, about half a mile away.

The development comprises 26 two-bedroom, three-person affordable bungalows, including two which are wheelchair accessible.

A report due before planning committee said: “The key aim of the programme is to deliver schemes that address housing need by providing homes for residents that are comfortable, flexible and sustainable and within an environment that people want to live.

“It is important for the schemes to make the most appropriate and efficient use of land and resources whilst meeting the requirements of the government’s Affordable Housing Programme.

“Northumberland County Council have worked over a number of years to secure funds to deliver much needed affordable homes across the county.”

The report added that attendees at a consultation event and at the Over 55’s Club were supportive of the provision of additional bungalows in Blyth with many currently on the Homefinder list awaiting a bungalow or had a family member who was in need of a bungalow.

A previous outline planning permission for 40 dwellings on the site was approved.