Developer says 286 new homes will be of benefit to village

Developers behind plans which residents say will destroy their village have defended their proposals.

Barratt Homes North East has submitted planning permission to build 286 homes on a 27-acre site to the north of St Michael’s Avenue in New Hartley.

But local residents have hit out at the plans, saying it will have a big and negative impact on their village, which will increase by 85 per cent in size.

However, bosses at Barratt Homes say the proposals will bring benefits to the area.

Managing director Mike Roberts said: “Our exciting development proposal will provide much-needed family housing in south east Northumberland and will generate significant benefits for the village of New Hartley.

“If approved, the scheme will consist of a diverse range of two, three and four-bedroom houses as well as 17 bungalows.

“The construction of the project represents a substantial investment in the area which we are proud to be associated with. Not only will the development underpin 414 direct construction jobs, but it will provide a seven-acre wildlife zone for residents to enjoy and increased expenditure for local business.

“In addition, approximately £350,000 will be contributed to sports and children’s play provision in New Hartley.

“The site has been long safeguarded for residential development and was proposed for housing by Northumberland County Council in their emerging Core Strategy.

“The scheme represents a logical extension to the settlement and will provide a valuable contribution toward the council’s five-year housing land supply.”

He added: “We have held two public exhibitions and would like to thank everyone who took the time to view our proposal. We received a wide range of views and have listened and taken comments on board before finalising our planning application.”