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Backing for village over housing plans

Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell joins Jill Henderson and Janet Morris to discuss how the proposed housing development could affect New Hartley.

Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell joins Jill Henderson and Janet Morris to discuss how the proposed housing development could affect New Hartley.

Campaigners battling plans to build hundreds of homes on their doorstep have been backed by their MP.

Residents in New Hartley are angry at proposals by Barratt Homes to build 286 houses on an 11.41-hectare site to the north east edge of the village.

But they have now received support from Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell.

He met a group of concerned residents at the village’s Memorial Hall community centre last weekend to discuss their thoughts on the application, which could almost double the size of the village.

Local resident Jeremy Hayes said: “The development by Barratt Homes is seen as far too large for a small village which has less than 850 households.

“This influx of homes could see its population soar by as much as 45 per cent.

“Villagers foresee increased car numbers having a detrimental impact on neighbouring settlements such as Holywell and Seghill during the daily rush hours.

“The potential clash of heavy traffic flow and children crossing roads on their way to the local first school also remains a major worry.”

Protesters say the planning application, recently made to Northumberland County Council, is subject to policies laid down in the Blyth Valley Borough Council Core Strategy in 2007.

They say the report states that any large, new housing developments must be sustainable and situated near employment hubs and town centres while those in small settlements, such as New Hartley, were only acceptable as long as they remained sustainable and small.

Mr Hayes added: “The proposed development by Barratt Homes contravenes all the fundamental principles of the Core Strategy and 286 houses, covering 27 acres, is certainly not a small development, by any stretch of the imagination.”

Mr Campbell, backing the protesters, has already recorded his objection to the development. He shares his concerns with the village’s three Seaton Valley parish councillors – Susan Dungworth, Karen Collier and Barbara Swinhoe.

Barratt Homes have put a planning application in to Northumberland County Council for the development.

The proposals are for a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes and associated parking, with 429 spaces planned, and landscaping.

 

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