Opposition critical of new homes plan

A campaign group has expressed their disappointment at a town council for voting in support of a controversial housing plan.

Hundreds of people signed a petition last month against plans submitted by Leebell Developments Ltd to build up to 480 properties on land north of Station Road in Cramlington.

Residents group Cramlington SOS launched a petition against the proposals, but at a Cramlington Town Council meeting last week, councillors voted in support of the scheme.

Pat Heard, from Cramlington SOS, said: “Residents are extremely disappointed, though not surprised, that the majority of the town council supported the development.

“They, and the previous councillors, have shown they do not speak for the residents who elected them.”

Chairman of the planning committee, Coun Trevor Ambrose, said: “This policy of development has been in place for some time and it is part of the core strategy for Northumberland.

“There was a requirement on our part to accept development and the future expansion on development.

“There has been a number of consultations with the public. Their fears haven’t been ignored and we are doing all we can.”

Coun Barry Flux, who voted against the scheme, said: “Given that we are approaching nearly 900 objections on a petition with many other objections raised, they ought to have listened to the public and objected to these applications.”

The applications will now be decided by Northumberland’s South East area planning committee.