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Homes earmarked for former farm

Newsham North Farm off South Newsham Road which is subject to a planning application to demolish it and build new houses on the plot.

Newsham North Farm off South Newsham Road which is subject to a planning application to demolish it and build new houses on the plot.

Plans have been approved to build new houses on a former farm despite concerns from nearby residents and a town council.

Concerns had been raised that the new 40 homes on land at Newsham North Farm, in Blyth, could have a major impact on nearby properties.

But members of Northumberland County Council’s south east area planning committee approved the outline application, submitted by the Blagdon Estates.

The application gives an initial approval for the site on South Newsham Road to be turned into new houses.

A report to the committee said that agricultural work on the farm was due to be moved in the summer while a number of the buildings on site were in “advanced state of dilapidation”.

Proposals include retaining the stone wall access point off South Newsham Road to help form an historic link to the scheme.

Although the formal proposals are yet to be drawn up, the report stated the indicative scheme showed a range of dwelling styles and an element of affordable housing.

However, the planning committee received 15 letters of objection from local residents who had concerns about the loss of the farmhouse, parking issues being exacerbated, a risk of flooding, loss of privacy, further pressure on nearby schools and GP surgeries, an overdevelopment of the site and a loss of habitat.

Residents said the farmhouse boasts character and holds a heritage value, but the council’s conservation officer disagreed, saying the building was a later addition to the site and of no heritage value.

One letter of objection said there was already accidents on South Newsham Road and the new junction would create an accident blackspot.

The objector wrote: “Potential flooding is a major concern given that there is already a drainage problem in the area as evidenced by flooding in gardens both to the north side of the burn and to the east of he proposed development.

“Any further run off from the development will have a catastrophic effect.

“Hard paved areas increase flood risk.”

There was also an objection against the development from Blyth Town Council.

Committee members approved the application, subject to confirmation of a section 106 agreement which would see a financial contribution from the applicant towards sport and play facilities.

 

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