Councillors waved through the second phase of almost 100 homes on the former Ellington Colliery site, which has outline permission for up to 400 in total.
There were no questions to planners or debate as the scheme was unanimously approved by members of Northumberland County Council’s strategic planning committee on Tuesday (December 4) night.
But this was because the reserved-matters application, featuring the details for 96 further properties on land south of Lynemouth Road, had sparked no objections from technical consultees or residents.
There had been some outstanding issues related to surface-water drainage to sort out, but these had been dealt with before the meeting.
The only reason the plans had to be decided by councillors was because the applicant is the council’s own regeneration company, Advance Northumberland (formerly Arch).
The latest bid follows the first phase of 99 homes, known as Wayside Point, that were approved in December 2016, and are currently under construction and being sold.
Lying to the south and east of the first phase, the 96 homes approved this week consist of nine two-bedroom bungalows, 19 two-bedroom homes, 14 three-bedroom townhouses, 32 three-bedroom detached properties, 16 four-bedroom detached dwellings and six two-bedroom apartments.
The whole ex-colliery site plus some agricultural fields benefit from outline permission for up to 400 homes, which was granted in September 2015, with the new football pitches being given full planning permission at the same time.
There is also outline approval for a food store on the development site, with a new reserved-matters application still to come for this element.
The site is owned by Harworth Estates, the property company which was originally an arm of UK Coal, following the closure of the last deep coal mine in operation in the country in 2005.
The firm sold the first two phases to Arch’s Ascent Homes, while it is advertising the third and fourth phases for sale as well as the freehold for the food store.
Ben O'Connell, Local Democracy Reporting Service