Homes plan set to get go-ahead

A FORMER school in Cramlington looks set to be demolished for a new 55-home housing estate.

Planning officers have recommended the plans for approval when they go before Northumberland County Council’s south east area planning committee next week, despite objections from neighbours.

The application is for the demolition of the former Cragside County First School and the construction of a mixture of detached, semi-detached and terraced houses arranged around three short culs-de-sacs.

Should the development get the thumbs-up, the 1.537 hectare site in Cateran Way would be subject to a legal agreement to include 16 affordable homes as well as new or upgraded children’s play and outdoor sport and recreation facilities off site.

Fourteen letters of objection to the plans have been received from nearby residents, with the vast majority objecting to increased traffic and the potential for parking problems, as well as loss of green space and the impact of construction work on residents.

The south east planning committee is due to vote on the application on Tuesday, August 16, at its meeting held at 6pm in the council chamber of Blyth Civic Centre in Renwick Road.