No change when plans went back to committee

Three schemes for hundreds of new homes in south-east Northumberland went back before councillors last week following the withdrawal of the county's core strategy.

Wednesday, 13th September 2017, 17:30 pm
Updated Wednesday, 27th September 2017, 10:41 am
Part of the site in Choppington where permission has been granted for more than 300 new homes.

But it didn’t make a difference to the outcome as all three of the previously-approved bids – for Ashington, Bedlington and Choppington – were once again given the green light.

In each case, the approval had not been signed off due to outstanding issues and as the policies in the core strategy, which the new Conservative administration withdrew in July, were key in the initial decisions, the applications went back before last Tuesday’s meeting of the county council’s strategic planning committee.

Last week, despite town-council concerns on ground conditions and infrastructure, it was unanimously approved.