Road fears over homes proposals

Northumberland County Council.
Northumberland County Council.

Almost 200 new homes could be built near Cramlington after councillors approved an outline bid last week.

At last Tuesday’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s strategic planning committee, members gave the green light to Banks Property’s proposals for up to 192 houses on land to the south of Lamb Street in East Cramlington.

However, the approval is subject to confirmation from Highways England that agreement has been reached on ‘an appropriate mitigation scheme for the Moor Farm roundabout’.

Coun Bernard Pidcock said that he had heard nothing about these plans, despite being the ward member for Holywell.

He expressed concerns about whether the B1326, which he said was already dangerous, could take the additional traffic.

Meanwhile, Coun Andrew Tebbutt raised the issue of there only being one access into the new development.

But Coun Kath Graham, ward member for Cramlington Village, said it was a much-needed development for the town.

It was also pointed out that the new properties could well become homes for people working at the new hospital.

At the same meeting, an outline scheme for 10 homes in Nedderton was given the go-ahead, despite concerns from local people about building on greenfield land.