Plans for a 350-home development lodged for outskirts of town

Hundreds of new homes could be built on the outskirts of Blyth which developers say will create an ‘attractive gateway’ into the town.

Miller Homes has submitted a planning application to build 350 ‘high quality family homes’ on land west of Benridge Park, on Laverock Hall Road.

The plans include a range of one to five-bedroom homes, including an affordable housing allocation, and associate landscape and infrastructure works.

There are also proposals for a new roundabout into the proposed estate and to improve the existing roundabout at the junction of Laverock Hall Road and the A192.

A spokesperson for Miller Homes said: “We have submitted a planning application for a development of 350 high quality family homes, including associated open space and a wetlands drainage system with associated infrastructure.

“This application gives us the opportunity to create an attractive gateway into south west Blyth.

“Northumberland has a considerable shortfall of new housing which is needed to meet government targets and we believe that our proposed development will help reduce this.

“Our plans are well considered and we have carried out comprehensive investigations of the site and the local area. We have undertaken quality public consultation with the local community and held pre-application discussions with the local authority, which has helped form our plans for the site.

“We have included comprehensive measures for traffic mitigation and are confident that our proposals will bring a number of wider benefits to the local community.

“The submission was made to Northumberland County Council and all associated documents are available on their planning portal website.”

They added: “We are currently engaged in discussions with the council’s highways department to determine what highway improvement works will be necessary.”