Angry residents have hit out at plans to build hundreds of new homes on ‘vital’ green space.
More than 800 people have so far signed a petition against plans submitted by Leebell Developments Ltd, a joint venture between Persimmon Homes and Bellway Homes, to build as many as 480 properties on land to the north of Station Road in Cramlington.
Residents created a group called Cramlington SOS (Save Our Spaces) and submitted an application in 2012 to turn the area of land into a village green.
A public inquiry was held in 2013 after the group submitted an application to protect the open space housing development proposed by landowners, Persimmon and Bellway Homes.
But last June, Northumberland County Council ruled to go with the recommendations of an independent planning inspector to reject the application.
And now the group has launched a petition against the new plans.
Pat Heard, from Cramlington SOS, said: “The land we had hoped to have declared a village is green is to remain largely untouched, but residents remain opposed to the housing as the developers already have permission for the development at Arcot, Parkside School, the old Officers Club site and other applications pending.
“Residents see no need for this further development and loss of open space so close to the town centre.
“The town centre is congested already and cannot cope with parking or traffic, and this development, right by the town centre, will add to this problem, and add problems to Crowhall Lane and access to Nelson Village.”
Residents have also voiced concerns about subsidence, due to the underlying mine workings in the area, and a lack of school provision.
Cramlington Town Councillor, Barry Flux, added: “There are many concerns that I have about this.
“Traffic, loss of open space, flooding and styhe gas are all issues that local residents have raised with me.
“The access to this site would be on Crow Hall Lane and this is busy enough already with people going to the town centre as well as to the railway station and Royal Mail collection point in Nelson Village.
“Whilst the application site is different from where residents wished to see a village green, it is still in the same general area and the strength of feeling about this land is well known.
“In my opinion the current proposals see new housing far too close to the Westwood Grange estate and other development too close to houses on Station Road.”