More housing planned for area of county

Another proposal for hundreds of new homes off a section of road that runs between Guide Post and Bedlington has been lodged.

Thursday, 16th February 2017, 4:49 pm
Updated Tuesday, 28th February 2017, 11:21 am
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More than a dozen local residents so far have raised concerns about the outline application by Tony Rutherford, courtesy of GSC Grays, for about 500 properties with associated infrastructure and landscaping on land south west of Glebe Farm, Choppington Road.

The site is south of Choppington Village and north of the area of Bedlington that includes the Chesters estate and the Meadowdale Academy school. To the east is the A1068.

A few weeks earlier, a bid by Dysart Developments Ltd and Arch (Development Projects) Ltd was submitted for 327 homes at a site to the southern edge of Guide Post and the north of Choppington. The main access would be taken from the A1068.

The plans for up to 500 dwellings would see a mix of five, four, three and two-bedroom properties being built.

One of the residents who objected, Val Thomson, said in her response: ‘Bedlington has more than enough new housing – with even more being built right now.

‘Schools are bulging and doctors’ surgeries are bursting at the seams.

‘Apart from that, the proposed development entrance/exit is very close to a corner which in the past years has been an accident black spot.’

The planning statement on behalf of the applicant includes the following: ‘The proposal will make a major contribution to the economic sustainability of Bedlington and the wider area.

‘Delivering high quality new housing presents the opportunity to provide accommodation for workers in the surrounding area.’