Access fears for home plans

Site of former Morpeth Road Primary School, Disraeli Street, Blyth.
Site of former Morpeth Road Primary School, Disraeli Street, Blyth.

Plans to build a set of bungalows to replace a former school in Blyth have been give the green light, despite fears over access.

The Northumberland County Council application for 26 affordable properties on the site in Disraeli Street that used to be occupied by Morpeth Road Primary School, was approved at a meeting of the strategic planning committee.

The scheme will see the creation of 24 two-bedroom and two wheelchair accessible bungalows.

Vehicular access to the site will be from a single point off Lilac Avenue, a cul-de-sac with properties running along both sides of the road.

Three residents objected to the proposal with concerns including the impact on safety and an increase in noise levels.

George Ryan, who spoke at the meeting, said: “It’s an accident waiting to happen.

“Lilac Avenue is too narrow to be an access for such a development. The road is only 4.8m wide in parts of the street and so it’s very tight when cars are parked on either side.

“A refuse truck had to go on the right hand side of the road recently because it was unable to go on the left.

“Children play in this street, so we are very concerned.

“There’s no way that Salisbury Street has been considered for this application.”

Mark Ketley, senior development and delivery manager at the county council, said all options for the access point were explored and the highways department is satisfied that Lilac Avenue is suitable.

There was also a letter of support for the application, which said that traffic builds up along Disraeli Street and to have the entrance along this street would have added to the chaos.