Concerns over new development plans

The former Wilkinson sword site in Cramlingon where 160 houses are being built.
The former Wilkinson sword site in Cramlingon where 160 houses are being built.

Fears have been raised that a major new development on the south west edge of Cramlington could have a negative impact on the town.

Residents and councillors have already raised concerns about parking and congestion in and around the town as a result of other developments.

And those concerns have been heightened after it was revealed that there are new plans to create as many as 1,600 further homes, a new school and shops, in the south west sector of the town.

A planning application for the creation of up to 1,600 homes on land off Fisher Lane, has been submitted to Northumberland County Council.

A new local centre will be provided for the development comprising of retail space with residential accommodation above, a pub, care home/sheltered accommodation for the elderly, a community building, medical/health care centre and additional retail and commercial space.

A new school is also being proposed to service the expanded population, as part of the new development, and this will be part of a separate planning application.

A report presented to the council said the plans would “build a community extension with a distinctive sense of place in order to complete the final quadrant of Cramlington New Town”.

Coun Barry Flux said he was concerned the development alongside other new home builds currently being constructed or due to begin soon, would take more green space away from the town.

“We are in this position where the Northumberland Core Strategy has not been adopted yet, where the Cramlington Neighbourhood Plan has not been adopted yet and where changes to the planning committees in Northumberland have been proposed, and all of a sudden we see several large home schemes at the same time,” he said.

“This doesn’t seem sensible to me.

“The Core Strategy and Neighbourhood Plan should come before the applications, as far as I am concerned.

“Nearly 2,500 homes along with other proposed and under way developments in Cramlington would have a massive impact on our already busy roads, gridlocked parking and stretched services.”

The site is north of the Arcot Woods Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The application has been submitted by Arcot Consortium (Persimmon Homes and Bellway Homes).