Homes scheme gets go-ahead

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A scheme for 24 new homes on the seafront in Newbiggin was given the green light last week.

Arch had applied to build the properties, a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes, townhouses and bungalows, as well as 40 parking spaces, on the former Northumberland Church of England Academy site in Gibson Street.

The plans had only sparked two objections and were supported by the parish council, but were decided by Northumberland County Council’s strategic planning committee as Arch is wholly owned by the local authority.

The development would be laid out in two rows; one fronting Gibson Street to the west and one fronting the eastern boundary and the relationship with Windsor Terrace to the east.

The layout along Gibson Street would be set back from the main road with front gardens accessed through openings in the retained sandstone wall.

Coun Richard Dodd raised concerns that no affordable homes were being provided on site, but the relevant council officer explained that the housing market in Newbiggin is very fragile, with relatively low demand for affordable homes.

He added that it would be offset by the quality of the homes being built.

The one-way system in the area was also brought up, but this is being looked into as a separate issue now that the school is no longer there.